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SK Supreme Court invalidates two FormFactor patent claims

Posted: 10 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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In the latest sequel to long drawn-out patent lawsuit involving FormFactor Inc., the South Korea Supreme Court has issued a ruling affirming a 2005 Korea Patent Court decision invalidating certain claims of FormFactor's Korea Patent Nos. 278342 and 399210.

This latest ruling does not address 27 claims of Patent No. 278342 and 77 claims of Patent No. 399210 that were upheld by the Korean Intellectual Property Office, and were outside the scope of the Patent Court decision, the wafer probe supplier clarified. In keeping with the usual practice, the bases for these rulings were not given and written opinions explaining the rulings would typically be expected in one to three weeks.

"We will continue to protect our intellectual property rights against unauthorized use and defend our rights in Korea," said Stuart Merkadeau, FormFactor's senior VP, general counsel. "Once we receive the Supreme Court's written decision on our Korea Patent Nos. 278342 and 399210, we will evaluate the potential impact on our ongoing Korea infringement proceedings against Phicom Corp. The Korean litigations are only one part of a comprehensive litigation strategy in multiple jurisdictions involving multiple patents."

The Korea Supreme Court has yet to rule on two other appeals addressing FormFactor Korea patents. One of the patents, FormFactor's Korea Patent No. 252457, has been upheld by both the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the appellate Patent Court.

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