$1.3M Camtek Fine Over Semiconductor Machine Ban Halved

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal judge on Friday reduced to about $646,000 sanctions leveled against Camtek Inc. for disobeying a court ordered sales ban on a semiconductor chip inspection machine that allegedly infringes a Rudolph Technologies Inc. patent, ruling the original penalty was overly punitive.

U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim — who took over the case in April from U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis — found that the $1.29 million award Camtek was ordered to pay in March went beyond the scope of penalties for a...
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