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AnalogicTech did not infringe Linear patents, court rules

Posted: 24 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent suit? patent court? power management ICs?

Power management IC developer Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech) announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in its favor in a case initiated by Linear Technology Corp.

Administrative Law Judge Sidney Harris of the ITC issued May 22 his initial determination, finding all asserted claims of Linear's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,411,531 and 6,580,258 were either non-infringed or invalid. Based on this finding, Judge Harris ruled that none of AnalogicTech's charge pump or switching regulator products should be subject to an exclusion order under Section 337 of the Tariff Act.

"We are very gratified that Judge Harris ruled in AnalogicTech's favor on both the charge pump and switching regulator patents," stated Richard K. Williams, president, CTO and CEO of AnalogicTech. "This ruling is a tremendous validation of our technology position and underscores our belief in and respect for intellectual property. We believe our victory in this case demonstrates that young companies can successfully compete and defend their intellectual property against industry giants."

Following normal procedure, the initial determination will now be considered by the full ITC. The final determination is expected to be issued by September 22 and AnalogicTech anticipates Judge Harris' findings will be confirmed at that time.

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