OTTAWA, Ontario -- Mosaid Technologies Inc., a fabless chip company and licensor of intellectual property, said today (December 19, 2002) that Infineon Technologies North America Corp. has filed a lawsuit in a California court seeking to get seven Mosaid patents covering DRAM circuits overturned as either invalid or unenforceable, or to get a declaration that Infineon does not infringe these patents.
"It is our position that Infineon Technologies has infringed and is continuing to infringe many Mosaid patents," said Jim Skippen, vice president and general counsel for Mosaid, in a statement. "We are currently reviewing our options regarding the Infineon complaint with our outside legal counsel. Mosaid believes there is no merit to this complaint and plans to file a response in due course."
Mosaid has said before, and repeated today, that it believes that all companies which manufacture mainstream DRAM products, including single and double data rate synchronous DRAMs and Rambus DRAMs, use its patented circuit technology. Mosaid said it has twelve companies on notice for patent infringement and is in active discussions with several of them.
Mosaid acknowledged that negotiations with Infineon had been going on for some time but said that the two companies could not reach an agreement on the value of a Mosaid patent license.
The patents referenced in the Infineon complaint are the same seven patents that are the subject of a lawsuit by Mosaid against Samsung in the New Jersey District Court, Mosaid said.
The company added that seven major semiconductor manufacturers have already taken a license to the patents at issue and listed Fujitsu, NEC, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Oki Electric and Matsushita as companies with which it has a comprehensive licensing agreements.
It is notable that while Japanese companies with an interest in DRAM have been prepared to settle with Mosaid Infineon, the only European maker of DRAMs, and Samsung, the world's largest DRAM maker, have not.
A broad licensing deal with Matsushita was announced in July.