LOS GATOS, Calif. – February 11, 2013 – Tela Innovations, Inc. today announced that it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) against HTC Corporation, HTC America, Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC, Nokia Corporation; Nokia, Inc.; Pantech Co., Ltd.; and Pantech Wireless, Inc. (collectively, the “Respondents”) alleging that the Respondents have engaged in unfair trade practices by selling for importation into the United States, importing into the United States, and/or selling after importation into the United States certain consumer electronics devices that infringe seven of Tela’s United States patents.
Tela has created patented design solutions for advanced IC manufacturing processes where lithography-driven constraints require novel approaches to both digital circuit design and the physical implementation of these designs. These solutions are utilized in the most recent generation of products offered by the named Respondents.
“Tela has, and continues to, create technology to address critical technical and economic challenges facing the semiconductor industry. Our products enable designers to achieve the best performance, area and power characteristics possible as semiconductor processes continue to scale. Given the significance of our company’s investment in this technology and associated products, it was necessary to take legal action at this time,” said Scott Becker, president and CEO of Tela.
Tela’s complaint with the USITC seeks an exclusion order that would bar from entry into the United States infringing smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices that are imported by or on behalf of Respondents. Tela also seeks a cease and desist order to bar further sales of infringing products that have already been imported into the United States. Under its rules, the USITC has thirty days from the filing of the complaint to decide whether to formally institute an investigation.
Tela also filed parallel actions in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that Respondents’ same devices infringe the same patents identified in the USITC complaint. The Delaware complaints seek a permanent injunction and compensatory damages, as well as recovery of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. If the USITC institutes the investigation referenced above, Respondents will have a statutory right (but not the obligation) to stay the Delaware District Court proceeding pending a final determination in the USITC.
Tela Innovations is a privately-held company based in Los Gatos, California that provides IC design solutions including cell libraries, design services and software products that address the challenge of scaling semiconductor design and manufacturing to advanced process nodes. Tela was founded in 2005 by a team of experts in semiconductor IP, design automation and process technology, and is backed by a number of venture firms and corporate investors. For more information on the company, visit www.tela-inc.com.