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.
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