University of Wisconsin Sues Samsung Over Chip Patent

Law360 (May 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The University of Wisconsin has sued Samsung Electronics for infringing a patent for the process of making semiconductors.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the organization that is in charge of the university patent rights, sued the electronics maker in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin.

The foundation claims Samsung Electronics is infringing its patent for an invention that prevents conductive metals from leaching into the silicon used to make chips.

University of Wisconsin licensees for the patented technology include Intel Corp., Sony Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Sanyo Electric Co., according to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

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