Semiconductor Patent Battle Starts With Venue Fight

Law360, New York (May 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Technology companies Third Dimension Semiconductor Inc. and Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. have both made a federal court their new battlefield in a patent dispute involving a seven-year-old licensing agreement — but each company has picked a different federal court.

Third Dimension filed suit against Fairchild on Saturday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas claiming breach of contract and patent infringement.

According to the complaint, Fairchild entered into a license agreement with Power Mosfet Technologies LLC in early 2001. Approximately one year later,...
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