LONDON – Canadian company Mosaid Technologies Inc. has filed a complaint against Cisco Systems Inc. with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C. alleging patent infringement. If Mosaid is successful in its complaint Cisco may be prevented from selling and importing a wide range of equipment types in the United States.
Mosaid (Ottawa, Ontario) claims that Cisco (San Jose, Calif.) has been infringing six of its patents in various products including Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches and routers, DSL wireless access points, cable modem wireless access points, PoE Internet Protocol (IP) phones, and cable modems with Voice over IP (VoIP). As part of its complaint Mosaid is requesting that the ITC ban the importation and sales of these and other Cisco products in the United States.
"We filed this complaint with the ITC because we believe that Cisco, the global market leader in PoE-enabled networking and communications products, is infringing Mosaid's PoE patents and requires a license," said John Lindgren, president and CEO of Mosaid, in a statement.
Mosaid and Cisco are involved in a patent litigation with respect to 10 of Mosaid's PoE patents in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The case was initiated by Cisco in August 2010. The six patents at issue in Mosaid's ITC complaint are also part of the Delaware case.
Wayne_h, thanks for the history! I had no idea of the origin of the memory designs. I am wondering if the lawsuit involves the general use of POE or some specific technical implementation or features for the particular devices targeted in the lawsuit? Anyone know the particulars?
Ride To Work needs to learn some history of the Semiconductor industry.
Mosaid pioneered the analysis and forensic reverse-engineering of memories (initially) and later processors, assisting and providing data to semiconductor companies in patent infringement lawsuits (for example, when a competitor comes out with a strikingly similar product 9 months after some key personnel leave for the competitor).
Eventually Mosaid developed their own memory designs which they licenced to numerous semiconductor companies. Today ALL of the Korean and Japanese DRAM makers (plus a few others) manufacture Mosaid designs, not their own designs.
The analysis and reverse-engineering part of the business was spun off into a separate company, Semiconductor Insights which was later purchased by the UBM Techinsights conglomerate.