Fairchild Faces $105M IP Trial Over Power Supply Chips

Law360, San Francisco (February 10, 2014, 6:03 PM EST) -- Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. should pay $105 million in damages for infringing two Power Integrations Inc. patents on power supply chips found in many modern electronic products, Power Integrations told a California federal jury on Monday during opening statements in the rivals' high-stakes intellectual property trial.

In the early 2000s, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Power Integrations two patents it is asserting against Fairchild. This allowed the company essentially to “create the market” for smaller and lighter power supplies by inventing technology on the chips that...
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