LONDON – Microcontroller firm Atmel Corp. has said it intends to defend itself against allegations of patent infringement made by Infineon Technologies AG (see Infineon files MCU lawsuit against Atmel). Atmel (San Jose, Calif.) also intends to evaluate whether Infineon is infringing against its patents.
Infineon and its subsidiary Infineon Technologies North America Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Atmel in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Infineon asserts that Atmel is infringing 11 Infineon patents. It is also seeking a declaration that three Atmel patents are either invalid or not infringed. Atmel said that prior to the filing of the lawsuit it had been engaged in licensing discussions with Infineon.
"With the tremendous success we have had in the microcontroller market over the past several years, this type of suit does not come as a surprise. We believe these allegations are baseless, and we intend to defend ourselves vigorously. As part of this process, we will also now evaluate, more definitively, whether Infineon has infringed our intellectual property," said Scott Wornow, senior vice president and chief legal officer.