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Patent infringement complaint against MediaTek rejected

2012/03/03 18:57:50

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) MediaTek Inc., a Taiwanese fabless IC designer and trader based in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, said Saturday that it felt gratified after learning the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) had rejected a patent infringement complaint against it.

The complaint was among a number of patent complaints filed by Rambus Inc., a U.S.-based designer of high-speed memory chips, in 2010, accusing a series of chip-makers of violating several patents it holds that are related to technology used to accelerate the performance of memory chips.

MediaTek was accused of infringing on two patents with its chip products for DVD players and digital televisions.

That same year, Rambus also filed a complaint at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accusing the Taiwanese company of infringing on its 11 patents.

In his initial determination, USITC Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex said technology offered by LSI Corp., MediaTek Inc., STMicroelectronics NV and other semiconductor companies did not violate patents held by Rambus.

Speaking on the ruling, MediaTek said it was gratified about the result. It also reiterated the company's constant stance of respecting intellectual property rights.

According to foreign wire reports, the judge's findings are subject to review by the six-member commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe on U.S. patents.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)