MANHASSET, N.Y. -- A federal court has found that Fairchild Semiconductor willfully infringed Power Integrations' patents.
Power Integration reports that the court found that Fairchild infringed each of four of the company’s patents following a jury trial in October 2006.
In its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware found that Power Integrations presented “overwhelming evidence” of willful infringement, adding that Fairchild “engaged in the blatant copying of Power Integrations’ patented features.”
The court further noted that Fairchild recognized the importance of Power Integrations’ patents to the industry, describing them internally as “key patents” with “epoch making” technology.
In December 2008, the Court awarded Power Integrations $6.1 million in damages plus interest based on the initial finding of infringement. Based on the finding of willfulness, Power Integrations now intends to seek enhancement of the damages as well as compensation for attorneys’ fees.
A permanent injunction against more than 100 infringing Fairchild products, originally issued by the court in December 2008, remains in effect. The results of the case remain subject to appeal.
Two separate lawsuits filed by Power Integrations against Fairchild in May 2008 and November 2009 remain pending. The suits allege infringement of five Power Integrations' patents, including two of the same patents now found by the District Court to have been infringed.
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The effort by power integration is really appreciable. I never saw many cases regarding the patent infringement have come to conclusion so fast. With the right evidence power integration is able to convince court means this should be clear and substantial evidence. In this age of internet it is really difficult for the companies to protect their intellectual property. Companies need lot of money and people to create technology and more money to fight for them. This judgment would be a delight for any such companies and to all clever people involved in developing them!!!!
Patented features? The law needs to draw a line as to what could be considered an Intellectual Property. The patent office should not hand out ownership of concepts which could be implemented independently without actually copying anyone.
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