SAN FRANCISCO Silicon Image Inc. Wednesday (Jan. 31) filed a federal lawsuit against Analogix Semiconductor Inc., alleging copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In addition to seeking significant monetary damages in an amount to be determined at trial, Silicon Image seeks an injunction barring Analogix from the alleged infringement of Silicon Image's intellectual property rights, the company said.
Edward Lopez, Silicon Image's chief legal officer, told EE Times that Silicon Image believes Analogix (Santa Clara, Calif.) illegally coped and used Silicon Image's proprietary register maps in its products. Silicon Image (Sunnyvale, Calif.) also alleges that Analogix illegally copied and used semiconductor configuration software created by Silicon Image and then induced customers to use the software with Analogix chips, Lopez said.
"We believe Analogix continues these actives in disregard of our rights and with the intent to benefit and profit from our proprietary intellectual property," Lopez said.
Analogix did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Lopez said Silicon Image "has some idea" how Analogix allegedly gained access to Silicon Image's proprietary information, but declined to provide details.