The Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division has more work on its hands after a company sued a large number of semiconductor companies for allegedly infringing on its patents.
Keranos filed against Analog Devices, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Atheros, Austriamicrosystems, EM Microelectronic, Seiko Epson, Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon, IBM. Intel, Microchip Technology, Micronas Semiconductor, Nanya, National Semiconductor, NEC, NXP, Oki, Rohm Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Toshiba, TSMC,, Ubicom, Vanguard, Vis Micro, Winbond Electronics and Zilog. Not quite every letter of the alphabet, but enough defendants to send packs of lawyers scurrying into action.
The cause of the spat? Keranos alleges three patents are breached by the defendants – 4,759,719; 4,868,629; 5,042,009 which refer to the following patents respectively: Self aligned split gate EPROM process, Self aligned split gate EPROM, Method for programming a floating gate memory devices.
The charges against the defendants allege that each created products that infringed these patents. The Apple allegation is a model for the other defendants: “Apple infringed… one or more claims of the patent by making…products and devices which embody the patented invention, including among other devices, integrated circuits using embedded flash memory embodied in discrete form, wafer form, or incorporated within larger systems on printed circuit boards.”
What does Keranos want? It wants money, lots of money from each of the defendants. It wants a jury trial. It wants damages increased to three times the amount found or assessed if the defendants are found guilty.
* And it never rains but it pours in Patentville. Another case opened in a Maryland District Court alleging that Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aranoff, Briks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Dinsmore & Shohl, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, EMC, General Electric, Intel, Kusner & Jaffe, Mueting Raasch & Gebhardt, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr plus “additional Jane Does and John Does” infringed on a patent belonging to Whitserve LLC and numbered 5,895,468, called System automating delivery of professional services. Whitserve alleges another of its patents has been breached – to wit 6,182,078 called System for delivering professional services over the internet. Whitserve said in the filing that it had already successfully litigated other companies over the payment and had scooped up $8 million in damages from a company called CPi.