LSI Tried To Pump Up Royalties With ITC Probe, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (May 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday ruled that LSI Corp. initiated a patent complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an attempt to force a Wi-Fi chipmaker suing for breach of contract to pay higher royalties for the standard-essential patents.

The judge said that LSI violated its contractual nondiscriminatory obligations with the Institute of Electronics Engineers by instigating an ITC investigation into Realtek Semiconductor Corp.'s alleged infringement of the patents before making a reasonable licensing offer to the Taiwanese company.

The plaintiff claimed LSI's initial...
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