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ITC to start probe on four IC complaints

Posted: 08 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? ITC probe? IC suit?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to pursue four separate cases filed by IBM Corp., Knowles Electronics LLC, Tessera Inc. and Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

ITC said that it would investigate a complaint filed by IBM against Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan on Dec. 5, 2007. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain computer products, computer components, and products that infringe patents owned by IBM. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

In a separate case, the ITC will look on a complaint filed by Tessera against several firms on Dec. 7, 2007. The ITC has voted to institute an investigation of certain semiconductor chips with minimized chip package size and products containing infringed patents. The products at issue in this investigation include DRAM chips, DRAM modules, and computer systems incorporating such DRAM chips and/or DRAM modules.

The ITC will also institute an investigation of certain LEDs, based on a complaint filed by Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd of Korea on Dec. 4, 2007. The ITC has identified Nichia Corp. of Japan as the respondent in this investigation.

Finally, the ITC has voted to institute an investigation of certain silicon microphone packages and products containing the same. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Knowles Electronics LLC on Dec. 6, 2007. The ITC has identified MEMS Technology Berhad of Malaysia as the respondent in this investigation.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times




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