Takeaways From Fed. Circ. Chip Patent Ruling

By John Nilsson and Michael Gershoni (June 10, 2019, 5:06 PM EDT) -- On May 30, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revived a pair of patent infringement cases initiated by Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC, a Texas licensing entity, against chipmakers Nanya Technology Corp. and United Microelectronics Corp. Lone Star allegedly acquired the asserted patents from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. through an agreement that purported to convey "all right, title and interest" in the asserted patents, but which had also significantly curtailed Lone Star's rights to enforce and transfer the asserted patents.

Prior to the appeal, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...

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