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June 18, 2008

Afloat

A further bit of evidence that Wall Street floats on an ocean of dumb money flowed in earlier this week. Tessera has an enforcement campaign for semiconductor packaging patent 6,433,419. The patent, currently under reexamination, is invalid. Patent Hawk provided the ammunition. Tessera announced that the reexam, which they expect to go to appeal, will take so long that the patent will expire before that shooting match is over. Tessara shares jumped 8.4% on that bit of tripe.

But it's not all tripe. Tessara has an ITC gangbang against 13 companies going on. May 23, Micron Electronics was the first of the accused crowd to take a license. Companies with stiffer spines and sharper lawyers will hang tough and rout the little troll, but Tessera will get some bankroll from the weak-kneed.

Partly based on a story in Forbes.

Posted by Patent Hawk at June 18, 2008 11:35 PM | Patents In Business

Comments

"Micron Electronics was the first of the accused crowd to take a license. Companies with stiffer spines and sharper lawyers will hang tough and rout the little troll, but Tessera will get some bankroll from the weak-kneed."

Poor Micron - I guess they're showing their true color (yellow) and I'm only too glad they are reaping what they've sown with the CPF. May HP be next!!

If only Micron had conducted a good search of art that issued more than one year before the filing date, they might have come up with this 102(b) reference (I've put the reference numbers in increasing order, and then added 1 to one of the digits):

01134556

[If I do my math right, that should narrow it down to less than 30,000 documents per country. :-) ]

Posted by: NIPRA anonymous at June 19, 2008 3:08 AM

Oops - looking at the reexam request, I missed a phrase in the claim ("contacts on said front surface") - so the noted art probably does not anticipate the claim. Poor Micron! :-)

Posted by: NIPRA anonymous at June 19, 2008 3:43 AM