ST, Invensense settle patent clash
Leading MEMS vendor STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and rival InvenSense Inc (San Jose, Calif.) have settled all the pending legal proceedings between them and agreed to cross-license each other. Who paid and how much was not disclosed but as both companies are public any significant sums will appear in future financial results.
In May 2012 ST filed a complaint in the Northern District of California alleging that InvenSense, a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, had infringed nine ST patents. At that time ST was the leading vendor of inertial sensors but InvenSense had also seen success with combination sensors that combine multi-axis accelerometer and gyroscopes.
In March 2013 InvenSense claimed it had won a stay in that case after it had challenged the validity of ST’s patents in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. At the time InvenSense said that the USPTO had already decided that there are doubts of patentability over seven of the nine patents asserted by ST.
Meanwhile ST had filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking an exclusion order against gyroscopes and accelerometers made for InvenSense on the grounds of alleged infringement of five patents.
Under the terms of the settlement, neither ST nor InvenSense has admitted any liability with respect to such proceedings.
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