SAN JOSE, Calif. – Network-on-chip IP and tool vendor Sonics Inc. is suing rival Arteris Inc., claiming seven of its products infringe seven Sonics patents. Sonics is demanding Arteris stop selling the infringing products and pay Sonics fees yet to be determined based on the volume of products Arteris has sold to date.
Sonics chief executive Grant Pierce claims he made multiple attempts to negotiate a licensing deal with Arteris starting in 2009. "The patents we are asserting here are ones we filed before Arteries was founded," he said.
The seven Sonics patents cover areas including connectivity between IP cores, quality of service, security and the verification of configurable IP cores. They were issued between January 2001 and November 2007. Sonics has a total of 45 granted U.S. patents in its portfolio; it claims Arteris has six granted patents.
The Sonics suit was filed November 1 in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The seven Sonics patents it names are:
The allegedly infringing Arteris products include:
A copy of the Sonics complaint is available online. At press time, Arteris had not yet received notice of the suit and chose not to comment.
The suit comes as Sonics gears up to start shipping a new product, SGN, a GHz-class network-on-chip offering that competes with products from Arteris.