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ITC Rules Chinese Company Infringed U.S. Chip Patents

Law360 (March 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission found on Monday that Actions Semiconductor Co.’s audio processing integrated circuits used in MP3 players violated SigmaTel Inc.’s patents.

The ITC’s Initial Determination maintained that SigmaTel’s two patents were valid and that Actions, a Chinese semiconductor company, imported devices that infringed on the U.S. patents. Judge Paul Luckern also recommended that an exclusion order be issued to prevent the importation of Actions’ chips, in particular chips contained in MP3 players.

The Commission is scheduled to make a final ruling on June...
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