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March 6, 2006

Agere Shoots

Chip maker Agere Systems is suing Sony for infringing eight patents [5,599,739; 5,670,730; 5,989,637; 6,153,543; 6,452,958; 6,472,304; 6,707,867; 6,992,972], targeting Sony's profit engine PlayStation video game player, as well as wireless LAN cards and other products.

Agere tried for years to wrangle a licensing deal with Sony before putting on the shit-kicking boots and filing suit in East Texas. Agere is aiming at an injunction as well as damages.

Agere has shot and missed before. Last year in Pennsylvania, rival semiconductor firm Atmel triumphed over Agere's assertion of three patents related to chips in the PalmOne Tungsten PDA. In that case, the jury invalidated the patents and found non-infringement.

Posted by Patent Hawk at March 6, 2006 12:02 AM | Litigation