SAN FRANCISCO—A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel Corp., Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleges that products offered by the three chip firms infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,504,909, titled "Power Management Apparatus Co-located on the Same Integrated Circuit as the Functional Unit that it Manages." The patent, awarded in 1996, describes a novel power management system for ICs, according to the complaint.
The complaint lists the principal place of business for Power Management Systems as Frisco, Texas. A web search revealed no website or further information about the company.
The suit specifically alleges infringement of the patent by Intel's Atom Z6xx, Freescale's i.MX515 and Marvell's PXA940 products. The suit also states that the alleged infringement is not necessarily limited to these products.
The suit requests a jury trial and asks the court to award unspecified damages to Power Management Systems from all three defendants, as well as attorney's fees.
In the old days, screws were patented. The square drive screw was superior to a Phillips head, yet its patent precluded its widespread use...in other words, it backfired.
Go to the store and there's a metal screw that drills the hole and then secures...I drilled through a 1/8 steel truck frame with it to secure a brake line. Did it deserve a patent, which it had? Absolutely.
Who are you to judge what is commercially viable or even laughable? All of what you listed are innovative and are inventions. Someone paid $20,000 to register them as an exclusive idea for 17 years because they thought it was viable and of value to someone. If you choose to make a product based on these, you license it from the guy with the original idea...what is wrong with that?
Sorry - patent attorneys are some of the most brilliant engineers I know. Something you have worked on for a year gets fully understood and positioned to protect you by these guys. if your colleague went into patent law, he wouldn't last very long among his more competent peers.
You don't get it. A patent lasts 17 years. If you are ahead of your time, you are protected for that period. Your notion of 5 years is asinine. As is your notion of it having to be produced. It's an invention, not a product development. there is no such thing as a "mock" or "nuisance" patent. again, you seem clueless as to the level of detail and proof of novelty of an invention that is required to have a patent issue. You have complete disrespect for IP, which is at the core of the patent issue in places like India and China.
Are you even in the USA and a citizen to tell it what to do?
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