SAN JOSE, Calif. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies that infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc. It was not immediately clear what products from the companies are impacted by the ruling or whether the companies would appeal the decision.
The latest ruling applies to certain chips from ATI Technologies (now part of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.), Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola Inc., Spansion LLC and ST Microelectronics NV that the ITC said infringe Tessera's '326 and '419 patents. The companies can continue to import the chips if they negotiate a license from Tessera or if they pay a bond of 3.5 percent of the imported chips' value.
The decision was sent to President Barack Obama for a 60-day review. The ruling overturns a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Tessera's stock was up 20 percent in the wake of the ruling. The company's stock fell 40 percent after the December ruling against the company and had rebounded in recent days in anticipation of a favorable ruling. The ITC investigation began in may 2007.