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Kilopass to pay Sidense $5.5M for baseless patent claims

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sidense? Kilopass? patent infringement? LNVM? CMOS?

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ordered Kilopass Technology to pay Sidense $5.5 million for the "objectively baseless" patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Sidense in 2010. The fee recovery represents attorneys' fees and associated costs.

Kilopass sued Sidense for patent infringement in May 2010. Sidense won this lawsuit in 2012, which was summarily affirmed on appeal. Sidense asked for an order directing Kilopass to pay Sidense's attorney fees, but Illston denied that motion. On appeal, after clarifying the applicable legal standard, the appeals court reversed and sent the matter back to Illston for further proceedings in accordance with the clarified standard. Applying this clarified standard, after first ruling that Kilopass' patent infringement claims had been "baseless" and that the patent lawsuit was "exceptional," Illston ordered Kilopass to pay Sidense $5.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses.

Sidense claims to offer very dense, highly reliable and secure non-volatile one-time programmable (OTP) logic non-volatile memory (LNVM) IP for standard-logic CMOS processes. The company, with more than 120 patents granted or pending, licenses OTP memory IP based on its innovative one-transistor 1T-Fuse bit cell, which does not require extra masks or process steps to manufacture. Sidense 1T-OTP macros promise a better field-programmable, reliable and cost-effective solution than flash, mask ROM, eFuse and other embedded and off-chip NVM technologies for many code storage, encryption key, analogue trimming and device configuration uses.





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