Fairchild, Infineon Spar Over Semiconductor Patents

Law360, New York (December 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. has slapped rival German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG and its subsidiaries with a countersuit and a separate lawsuit over several patents for semiconductor technology.

Fairchild filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on Friday, just days after Infineon filed a separate patent claim in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

The companies had previously engaged in cross-licensing talks, but the dispute continued to escalate, Fairchild said.

The most recent face-to-face negotiations took place...
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