Dispute now resolved with three of four defendants in patent infringement lawsuitOTTAWA, Ontario – Oct 29, 2008
- MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX:MSD) today announced the settlement of its patent infringement litigation, and the signing of a patent license agreement, with Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation of Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Under the terms of the license agreement, Powerchip has been granted a five year, running royalty license under MOSAID's patents for all of its non-foundry Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and Pseudo-Static Random Access Memory (PSRAM) products. Financial details of the agreement are confidential.
MOSAID initiated patent infringement litigation with Powerchip and two other defendants, ProMOS Technologies Inc. of Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Micron Technology, Inc. of Boise, Idaho, in July 2006. Mosel Vitelic, Inc., also of Hsinchu, Taiwan, was added as a fourth defendant to the complaint in November 2006. On February 4, 2008, MOSAID announced settlements with ProMOS and Mosel Vitelic. ProMOS was granted a six year, royalty bearing license under MOSAID's patents. Mosel Vitelic, which no longer manufactures DRAM products, paid MOSAID a single, lump sum amount for past shipments. Micron remains the sole defendant in the case.
"We are pleased that Powerchip decided to settle this litigation and sign a patent license agreement with us," said John Lindgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, MOSAID. "With this settlement, we have successfully reached agreement with three of the four companies involved in this litigation, and as a result have now licensed approximately 90% of the global commodity DRAM market to our patents."
"MOSAID has now signed renewable, term-based, royalty bearing patent licenses with all five of the major semiconductor memory companies in Taiwan, which has emerged as a major center of worldwide DRAM production," said Michael Vladescu, Vice President, Licensing and Intellectual Property, MOSAID. "With MOSAID's ongoing development of new memory technology, we expect to license our intellectual property to companies around the world, including renewing our term licenses with current licensees."About MOSAID
MOSAID Technologies Inc. is one of the world's leading intellectual property companies. MOSAID develops semiconductor memory technology and licenses patented intellectual property in the areas of semiconductors, and wired and wireless communications systems. MOSAID counts many of the world's largest technology companies among its licensees. Founded in 1975, MOSAID is based in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, visit www.mosaid.com