SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tessera Technologies, Inc. (“Tessera”) and certain of its subsidiaries filed legal proceedings today against Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) and certain of its affiliates, alleging infringement of 24 patents that cover a wide range of semiconductor processing, bonding, and packaging technologies, as well as imaging technologies. Tessera is a subsidiary of Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER) (the “Company” or “we”). The legal proceedings were filed in the U.S. International Trade Commission, three U.S. federal district courts, and certain international jurisdictions, alleging infringement by Samsung’s semiconductor products, its Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and Note 8 smartphones, and other products.
“Samsung has benefitted from its use of our semiconductor technologies for 20 years, having entered into its first license with Tessera, Inc. 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, the Company’s CEO. “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,” Kirchner added. “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.”
The Company’s affiliates filed a total of 10 legal proceedings:
Tessera Advanced Technologies, Inc. (“TATI”) filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. with the U.S. International Trade Commission, and a corresponding complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleging infringement of two patents relating to “wafer level packaging” semiconductor technologies. The patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,954,001 and 6,784,557.
Invensas Bonding Technologies, Inc. (formerly Ziptronix, Inc.) filed an action against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleging infringement of six patents relating to the Company’s semiconductor bonding technologies. The patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,553,744; 7,807,549; 7,871,898; 8,153,505; 9,391,143; and 9,431,368.
Invensas Corporation (“Invensas”) filed an action against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of two patents relating to semiconductor processing technologies. The patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,849,946 and 6,232,231.
FotoNation Limited and DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS filed an action against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of eight patents relating to imaging technologies. The patents at issue are 8,254,674; 8,331,715; 7,860,274; 7,697,829; 7,574,016; 7,620,218; 7,916,897; and 8,908,932.
Invensas filed an action against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of five patents relating to semiconductor processing and ball grid array packaging technologies. The patents at issue are 6,849,946; 6,232,231; 6,054,336; 6,566,167; and 6,825,554.
TATI filed an action against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of two patents relating to wafer level packaging: U.S. Patent Nos. 6,512,298 and 6,852,616.
Invensas filed two actions in the Regional Court of Mannheim, Germany, one against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and another against Samsung Electronics GmbH, alleging infringement of the German designation of European Patent No. EP 1 186 034 B1 (“EP ‘034 patent”). The EP ‘034 patent relates to a patented semiconductor interconnect technology.
Invensas also filed an action in the District Court of The Hague, Netherlands, against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Benelux B.V., Samsung Electronics Europe Logistics B.V., and two of Samsung’s European distributors, Bol.com B.V. and Wehkamp B.V., alleging infringement of the same EP ‘034 patent.
About Xperi Corporation
Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER) and its brands, DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas and Tessera, are dedicated to creating innovative technology solutions that enable extraordinary experiences for people around the world. Xperi’s solutions are licensed by hundreds of leading global partners and have shipped in billions of products in areas including premium audio, broadcast, automotive, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, and 3D semiconductor interconnect and packaging. For more information, please call 408-321-6000 or visit www.xperi.com.
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