Maxim Sues Semtech for Patent Infringement

August 13, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) reported that it has filed a lawsuit against Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) for patent infringement, despite the company's acknowledgement that Semtech has reportedly withdrawn from the market parts that allegedly infringe on its patents. Maxim said it is in discussions with Semtech and that it anticipates a settlement.

Semtech stated that its SC1402 device does not infringe and that it has been issued its own patent on technology used in this part.

Semtech believes the Maxim patents to be invalid. The patents that Maxim claims are being infringed are US Patent’s 5,532,577; 5,677,619 and 5,508,650.

"For many years, Maxim has invented highly proprietary power management products for notebook computers," said Maxim Chairman, President and CEO Jack Gifford. "We value our reputation as an innovator in this field, and we are committed to defending our intellectual property."