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Swiss Company Cries Foul Play Over "Stolen" Patent

Law360 (August 25, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Switzerland's SEZ Holding AG has filed a complaint against chip equipment maker Applied Materials Inc., alleging a patent for semiconductor wafer technology was issued to the wrong inventor.

SEZ, along with its Austrian subsidiary SEZ AG and two German inventors, allege Applied Materials and one of its scientists ran off with co-created technology, leading to a patent issued in March 2004, without the knowledge of SEZ or its inventors.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, surrounds a patent issued by...
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