LONDON – Infineon Technologies AG has settled a microcontroller patent infringement dispute with Atmel Corp. which dates back to April 2011.
Atmel (San Jose, Calif.) will pay Infineon an undisclosed sum and the settlement includes a "broad" patent cross-license agreement, Infineon (Munich, Germany) said. Michael von Eickstedt, corporate vice president of patents and legal affairs at Infineon, said: "This outcome is a further affirmation of our ongoing efforts to vigorously protect our intellectual property rights and business interests."
Infineon began the dispute in April 2011 when it sued Atmel in the U.S. alleging that the AVR, Xmega and MaxTouch families of microcontrollers and related products used in automotive, industrial, and touch screen applications infringed on 11 patents held by Infineon.
In July 2011 Atmel countersued asserting against Infineon, alleging Infineon's 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers infringe six patents while denying any infringement on its part and denying the validity of Infineon's previously asserted patents.
Both companies have now agreed to seek to get the patent infringement lawsuits between them dismissed.
A friend that has been through a patent dispute tell me filing for a patent is just an invitation to spend a half-million in Federal court. He just keeps trade secrets now and moves faster than his competition.
Here's the pseudo-code for patent
infringement transactions for semi industry.
If(Somebody sue you)
publicly deny infringement;
If (you have similar patents)
Counter sue the guy;
Buy similar patents from Trolls
And counter sue the guy;
Wait (until the guy turn up for negotiations)
Settle out of court. & kickout the lawyers.
Hug each other & do cross licensing deal
If(person suing=(university+ a crazy jury ard)
throw and few $$ for univ research grant
run for life;
get ready with 1.2B$ for 2 silly patents.
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