Jury Rejects Silicon Labs' Cell Phone Patent Claims

Law360, New York (April 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a victory for startup semiconductor company Axiom Microdevices Inc., a federal jury has unanimously rejected the patent infringement claims of a rival, but upheld one charge that Axiom had misappropriated trade secrets.

Although the plaintiff, Silicon Laboratories Inc., succeeded in proving one trade secret violation, it failed to convince the jury that a former Silicon Laboratories’ employee who moved to Axiom had divulged any of the company’s technology for cell phones.

“The bottom line is that we’re very pleased with the jury’s ruling,” said Cara...
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