Patent Mistake Kills $1.8B Suit Against Nikon

Law360, New York (April 4, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Nikon Corp. on Tuesday evaded potential damages of $1.8 billion when a New York federal judge determined that Anvik Corp. microlithography patents Nikon allegedly infringed were invalid due to their inventor's failure to disclose how the inventions should best be applied.

U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein granted Nikon's motion for summary judgment and closed out microlithography systems maker Anvik's suit accusing Nikon of wrongfully using several of its patents for its own electronic component manufacturing systems, backing up the defendant's contention that Anvik's inventor had...
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