LONDON – Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, a patent holder and administration group founded by Nathan Myhrvold, a former CTO of Microsoft Corp., has taken action on multiple fronts alleging patent infringement. In semiconductor industry the firm is pursuing two memory chip makers and three FPGA vendors.
Intellectual Ventures (Bellevue, Washington), founded by Myhrvold in 2000, has said it has filed a series of patent infringement complaints in the U.S. District Court of Delaware against companies in the DRAM, flash memory and FPGA industries. At the same time it is also taking on significant players in the software security industry.
In total the company has filed three separate patent infringement complaints against nine companies.
"Over the years, Intellectual Ventures has successfully negotiated license agreements with some of the top technology companies in the world. However, some companies have chosen to ignore our requests for good faith negotiations and discussions," said Melissa Finocchio, chief litigation counsel for Intellectual Ventures, in a statement. "Protecting our invention rights through these actions is the right choice for our investors, inventors and current licensees."
In the DRAM and flash memory sector Intellectual Ventures has filed against Elpida Memory Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. In the FPGA sector IV is pursuing Altera Corp., Lattice Semiconductor Corp. and Microsemi Corp., which recently acquired Actel Corp. and its FPGA business.
Against Elpida and Hynix IV is claiming infringements on seven patents that it owns covering various aspects of memory array design and is claiming triple damages due to the willful nature of the alleged infringements.
Against the FPGA companies Intellectual Ventures is claiming various infringements on a family of five patents that it owns related to detailed workings of programmable logic, FPGAs and the creation of application-specific versions of FPGAs.
In the software security industry Intellectual Ventures is pursuing Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp. and Trend Micro Inc.
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