Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Ltd. (AOS). Fairchild alleges that AOS power transistor products infringe at least four Fairchild U.S. patents, including Nos. 6,429,481; 6,521,497; 6,710,406; and 6,828,195. Fairchild seeks money damages as well as an injunction preventing AOS from selling or importing infringing AOS products into the United States.
Fairchild initiated discussions with AOS in 2005 and since then has attempted to negotiate a license to the Fairchild patents at issue.
In a press release dated May 18, AOS said it had filed a complaint alleging that Fairchild’s products infringed patents purchased by AOS. Fairchild has not been served with that complaint. Fairchild has reviewed the patents listed in the AOS press release and believes those patents are either invalid or not infringed by Fairchild’s products.
“AOS has chosen to take this dispute to the courts and we have no choice but to respond in kind,” said Izak Bencuya, executive vice president and general manager for Fairchild’s Functional Power Group. “We intend to enforce our intellectual property rights, preferably through negotiated license agreements, and if necessary through the courts.”
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Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) is the leading global supplier of high-performance power products critical to today’s leading electronic applications in the computing, communications, consumer, industrial and automotive segments. Fairchild, The Power Franchise(R), offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of power discrete and analog products that optimize system power as well as leading signal path components that complement them. In 2007, Fairchild celebrates its “50/10″ anniversary, commemorating 10 years as a new company and 50 years in the industry. Known as the “Father of Silicon Valley,” Fairchild developed the planar transistor in 1958 –– and with it a new industry. Today, Fairchild is an application-driven, solution-based product supplier providing online design tools and design centers worldwide as part of its comprehensive Global Power Resource(TM).