SAN FRANCISCOThe U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will review an initial determination by an administrative law judge which found that wireless semiconductor manufacturers did not violate patents held by Tessera Technologies Inc., according to a statement issued by Tessera Friday (Jan. 30).
The ITC is scheduled to issue a final determination by April 3 and may accept or reject the initial determination in part or as a whole, Tessera said.
In May 2007, the ITC instituted an investigation into alleged infringement of Tessera's patents by Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola Inc., ATI Technologies (since purchased by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.), Spansion LLC and ST Microelectronics NV.
The ITC administrative law judge issued an initial determination last month which ALJ's initial determination upheld the validity of the Tessera patents but found that the respondents do not violate them.
"The commission also granted aspects of the respondents' petition and will review in part the ALJ's findings regarding validity in the initial determination," said Henry "Hank" Nothhaft, president and CEO of Tessera, in the statement. "We strongly believe in the merits of our case proving the validity of the two patents asserted in this action and await the commission's decision."