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December 15, 2005

BIAX Rides Again

Riding into the popular showdown corral in the dusty Eastern District of Tejas, semiconductor maker BIAX draws against rival Phillips Semiconductor for infringing four of its patents for digital processing systems. The patent infringement bookie puts the odds heavily in favor of BIAX.

BIAX contends that Phillips knew of the patents, and so is demanding triple damages, compensation, and attorneys fees. Forget the injunction, go for the gold.

The four patents are 4,847,755; 5,021,945; 5,517,628; & 6,253,313, all in a family, with 4,847,755 being the parent.

The patents are about digital signal parallel processing, applicable to, among other things, digital radio tuners, which are used in car audio equipment. BIAX purchased the patent portfolio from the original inventors.

BIAX is holding strong cards; these patents have weathered heavy fire before. In 2001, BIAX filed infringement suits against Apple Computer, IBM and Motorola, all of whom settled out of court in 2003. Last January, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to investigate Texas Instruments and Kenwood over the BIAX patents, over which BIAX also sued TI & Kenwood in Colorado court.

Posted by Patent Hawk at December 15, 2005 12:07 PM | Litigation


It looks like the ITC complaint was settled on 9/1/2005.

Posted by: Bruce Young at December 19, 2005 12:51 PM