LONDON Chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has announced it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Elpida Memory Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) seeking to stop Elpida from importing and selling certain DRAMs in the United States.
Infineon and its subsidiary Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have alleged in their complaint, filed on Feb. 19, 2010, that Elpida has engaged in unfair trade practices by making for importation into the U.S., and selling after importation, certain DRAM semiconductors and products that infringe four of Infineon's patents covering key inventions in semiconductor processing and device manufacturing.
Infineon was formerly a DRAM maker in its own name and later through its now defunct Qimonda subsidiary.
"Infineon has always been at the forefront of advanced semiconductor processing technologies. We will protect our intellectual property rights, which arise from our commitment to cutting-edge research and development," said Professor Hermann Eul, director responsible for sales, marketing, technology and R&D at Infineon, in a statement.
Infineon's complaint with the ITC seeks an exclusion order that operates to bar from entry into the United States infringing DRAM semiconductors and products that are imported by or on behalf of Elpida.
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