LONDON Ė Sidense Corp. (Ottawa, Canada), a developer of fuse-based non-volatile memory for license, as announced that it has been "affirmed" that the company does not infringe patents belonging to long-time rival Kilopass Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
The decision was given by a panel of judges in the United States Court of Appeals and affirmed the summary judgment of non-infringement on Kilopass' patent claims and its dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims against Sidense given earlier by the District Court for the Northern District of California, Sidense said.
"We never doubted that this lawsuit was a meritless attempt to derail Sidense, and its superior technology, in the marketplace," said Xerxes Wania, president and CEO of Sidense, in a statement. "They failed. We won."
Kilopass filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sidense in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on May 14, 2010, alleging infringement of Kilopass' one-transistor antifuse technology. At that time Kilopass had been granted five patents by the United State Patent and Trademark Office that it alleged were infringed; by number 6,777,757, 6,856,540, 6,898,116, 6,940,751 and 6,992,925.
"Sidense is seeking and richly deserves recovery of its attorney fees from Kilopass on the basis of bad faith and baseless patent litigation. Companies who engage in this type of anti-competitive litigation need to pay the price," said Roger Cook, partner at Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton and litigation counsel for Sidense, in the same statement.
Sidense's one-time programmable (OTP) non-volatile memory IP is available for use in standard-logic CMOS processes without the need for additional masks or process steps. Sidense memory products are available for use in processes from 180-nm down to 28-nm and are said to be scalable to 20-nm and below.
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