Tessera sues Samsung and chip distributors in Europe

Tessera sues Samsung and chip distributors in Europe

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By Nick Flaherty

The subsidiary, Invensas, filed two actions in the Regional Court of Mannheim, Germany, one against Samsung Electronics in Korea and another against Samsung Electronics GmbH. These allege infringement of the German designation of European Patent No. EP 1 186 034 B1 (“EP ‘034 patent”). This relates to a patented semiconductor interconnect technology.

Invensas also filed an action in the District Court of The Hague, Netherlands, against Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electronics Benelux, Samsung Electronics Europe Logistics and two of Samsung’s European distributors, and Wehkamp, alleging infringement of the same EP ‘034 patent.

Tessera Technologies is also suing Samsung Electronics in the US over the infringement of 24 patents that cover a wide range of semiconductor processing, bonding, and packaging technologies, as well as imaging technologies using in a range of Galaxy phones. Tessera is a subsidiary of Xperi, and this follows the failure of the companies to renew a licensing agreement. 3D packaging developer Invensas Bonding Technologies was formerly Ziptronix and was acquired by Tessera in September 2015.

“Samsung has benefitted from its use of our semiconductor technologies for 20 years, having entered into its first license with Tessera in 1997. Samsung has also been a customer of our FotoNation imaging technologies, and has expressed interest in certain of our other solutions. Samsung’s most recent semiconductor patent license expired in December 2016, but we believe it is continuing to use our patented technologies without authorization, and without paying us fair compensation,” said Jon Kirchner, CEO of Tessera. “We diligently tried to work through our differences with Samsung over an extended period of time, and while we remain in dialogue, unfortunately at this point the parties have not been able to come to an agreement.”

“Although we always prefer to reach negotiated license agreements, Samsung has left us with no choice but to defend our intellectual property rights through these legal actions,” said Kirchner. “We are confident in the breadth and quality of the proceedings we initiated today and we strongly believe these actions are in the best interests of the company, our other licensees, and our shareholders.”

Xperi’s brands include DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas and Tessera, which cover technolgies for premium audio, broadcast, automotive, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, and 3D semiconductor interconnect and packaging.

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