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[ZDnet] Tessera wins appeal in chip-packaging patent lawsuit

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On Tuesday the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling in 2009 by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that affirmed chip manufacturers Qualcomm, Spansion, ATI Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor and ST Microelectronics had infringed on Tessera's patented methods for semiconductor assemblies.

"Despite years of denials and procedural manoeuvres by Qualcomm, Freescale, ST Microelectronics, ATI and Spansion, the Federal Circuit upheld the ITC's findings that these companies are infringers who have used and profited from Tessera's technology without paying their fair share," Tessera's chief executive Henry Nothhaft wrote in a statement.

Tessera's patents expired on 24 September, 2010, but Tessera "will continue to pursue our right to recover royalties for periods before the patents expired, and believe the Federal Circuit's affirmation will assist our ongoing efforts in the US District Courts", Nothhaft wrote.
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Not sure what this really means, anyone care to explain?
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A judge ruled the company Tessera had patents on two processes those other companies are using to manufacturer chips. The patent is about to expire but those companies will have to pay backfees to Tessera (if they lose appeals).
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A judge ruled the company Tessera had patents on two processes those other companies are using to manufacturer chips. The patent is about to expire but those companies will have to pay backfees to Tessera (if they lose appeals).
Ah, I see, sucks for ATi and such if they lose
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Ah, I see, sucks for ATi and such if they lose
Sucks for AMD since the have since bought ATi. ATi should have paid the fees upfront so they don't have to go throught this BS.
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The legal fees they suffer if they win will be a lot less than if they payed up front more than likely. This is especially if Tessera wants backfees per unit made since they infringment begna. Also, if Tessera ends up losing they can countersue for damages done by Tessera. This is all about money, not about the actual patent and use of someones process or technology.
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This is all about money, not about the actual patent and use of someones process or technology.
...isn't that point of patents? It's about making money be developing new processes or technologies.
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...if Tessera ends up losing they can countersue for damages done by Tessera...
wut
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...isn't that point of patents? It's about making money be developing new processes or technologies.
I was referring to the companies being sued using without paying for usage.
Patents are all for money, but going to court and winning a lawsuit is cheaper than paying for usage of something.

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wut
If Tessera loses their suit against ATI and the others, then ATi and the others can probably countersue Tessera for damages done to them by this current suit.


EDIT: No I dont know business law, but this is what I would expect the case would be with how ass backwards things are in the legal system and from my observations of past issues.
Edited by NameUnknown - 12/22/10 at 12:20pm
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...for damages done to them but this current suit....
wut
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...stop quoting typos people. I hate my work keyboard, I constantly type like **** on it, fat finger keys and crap like that. I'm also constantly editing when I post from work too.
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