LONDON Royal Philips Electronics has become the 23rd company in as many months to purchase a Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio license, and the third major European company to purchase a license following Schneider Electric, Nokia Corporation and Lego.
"We welcome the expansion of our program with Philips, a proven worldwide leader in medical equipment and consumer electronics. This agreement further validates the strength and broad scope of the MMP Portfolio," said Andre-Pascal Chauvin, vice president of licensing for Alliacense, Patriot Scientific Corporation's licensing partner.
"It's pretty common to see the pace of deals pick up as a trial approaches," said Mike Davis, senior vice president, licensing. "A number of major businesses that have been following the case closely needed a little time to evaluate the recent Markman ruling, and are now moving to capture licenses at current prices and avoid significantly higher royalty rates following trial."
Davis was referring to Technology Properties Ltd. (TPL), a company that administers the Moore Microprocessor Patent intellectual property portfolio, recently filing an appeal to reverse the June 18, 2007 Markman ruling that excluded ARM processor cores from an ongoing patent trial.
A statement issued by TPL earlier this month claimed all system companies ó excepting its licensees ó that use ARM-based processors infringe patents owned by TPL.
The chairman of TPL said that the longer infringers wait before paying for a license the more they would pay.
The original Markman ruling concerned the 'instruction groups' claim construction for U.S. Patent 5,784,584 in the Moore microprocessor patent portfolio (MPP).
TPL asked for the entry of the judgment in order to simplify and streamline an ongoing MMP Portfolio infringement trial in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas scheduled to take place in January 2008, and to enable an immediate appeal.