SAN FRANCISCO Texas Instruments Inc. has received a favorable ruling from a federal court in California dismissing a patent infringement case by a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp., TI said Wednesday (Feb. 14).
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted on Feb. 9 a summary judgment in favor of TI, dismissing a patent infringement suit brought by Microprocessor Enhancement Corporation (MEC) seeking more than $94 million in damages, TI said. MEC was also seeking a permanent injunction against TI's C6000 platform of digital signal processors, TI said.
"TI respects the intellectual property of third parties, but we will not hesitate to fight merit-less patent infringement lawsuits to the fullest extent," said Joseph Hubach, TI senior vice present and general counsel, in a statement. "We're gratified the court agreed that MEC's claims were entirely unwarranted."
MEC originally filed suit against TI in April 2005. TI filed a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement and motion for summary judgment of invalidity in July 2006.
In the Feb. 9 ruling, the court granted TI's motions and ordered the plaintiffs to pay TI's costs associated with the suit, according to TI (Dallas).
MEC also brought a patent infringement suit against Intel Corp. in April 2005. That case does not appear to have been resolved. An executive from Acacia Research did not immediately respond to request for comment.