Chip Patent Bout Pits Microchip Technology Against ZiLog

Law360, New York (August 24, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Two semiconductor companies are squaring off over alleged patent infringement after Arizona-based Microchip Technology Inc. asserted three patents against rival ZiLog Inc.

Microchip filed its complaint earlier this month in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, alleging infringement of its microcontroller technology. It is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction to prevent San Jose, California-based ZiLog from manufacturing and selling one of its premier products, a series of its Z8 Encore! line.

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