LONDON – German chip company Infineon Technologies AG and its subsidiary Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a lawsuit against Atmel Corp. alleging infringement against 11 patents.
Infineon (Munich, Germany) alleges that Atmel (San Jose, Calif.) infringes with its AVR, Xmega and MaxTouch microcontrollers and related products used in automotive, industrial, and touch screen applications. Infineon did not provide the numbers of the patents cited or the detailed nature of the technologies protected by those patents.
The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and Infineon is seeking damages and permanent injunction against infringement of 11 of its U.S. patents while seeking a declaratory judgment of invalidity of three U.S. patents owned by Atmel.
it is not enough to have a god idea, until one does not apply for protection - patent - everybody else could claim it, and to void discrepancy the first filed idea get protected, except in thee US where for a while you could "prove", that you had that idea earlier, but you just did not border to file for a patent. The first file principle is used in the rest of the world for very long time, the US is jut starting to warm up that idea, but according the latest patent law proposal, with enough money you could fix everything...
Making patent rights is helpfull for their inventions. Where as copying them is not good. Some times same ideas strike to various people around the same time and they do it. But finally those who ever patended gets the benifit.Let us wait and see what the Judge decides.