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Atmel pays up, settles MCU patent dispute with Infineon

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Infineon Technologies? microcontroller? patent? Atmel? automotive?

Infineon Technologies recently settled its microcontroller patent dispute with Atmel Corp. According to Infineon, Atmel will pay them an undisclosed sum and the settlement includes a "broad" patent cross-license agreement.

Michael von Eickstedt, corporate vice president of patents and legal affairs at Infineon, said: "This outcome is a further affirmation of our ongoing efforts to vigorously protect our intellectual property rights and business interests."

Infineon began the dispute in April 2011 when it sued Atmel in the U.S. alleging that the AVR, Xmega and MaxTouch families of microcontrollers and related products used in automotive, industrial, and touch screen applications infringed on 11 patents held by Infineon.

In July 2011 Atmel countersued asserting against Infineon, alleging Infineon's 8-, 16- and 32bit microcontrollers infringe six patents while denying any infringement on its part and denying the validity of Infineon's previously asserted patents.

Both companies have now agreed to seek to get the patent infringement lawsuits between them dismissed.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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