CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today (March 22) announced it has won an amended judgment against Taiwan's Syntek Semiconductor Co. Ltd., which will have to pay court costs and attorney's fees in a microcode copyright case.
Microchip said the awards follows a U.S. District Court judgment in October, which dismissed an attempt to have its U.S. copyright invalidated on PIC16C5x microcode for microcontrollers. Microchip said the court made the additional judgment for costs and attorney's fees because Syntek "has been judicially determined to be a willful copyright violator" in Taiwan.
According to the Chandler company, the federal court stated, "If there were ever a case justifying attorneys' fees, this has got to be it."
Microchip did not release information on how much its attorney's fees totaled.