3rd Circ. Says Prior Patent Deal Blocks Spansion's Apple Suit

Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 6:29 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit on Friday ruled bankrupt Spansion Inc. was barred from suing Apple Inc. for infringing its flash memory patents, saying a previous agreement resolving the parties' dispute in the U.S. International Trade Commission is essentially a licensing deal.

The decision stymies Spansion's attempts to reinstate a bankruptcy court order terminating the deal. The Third Circuit's ruling affirms a Delaware federal judge who, in overturning the bankruptcy court, found that the ITC settlement was in fact a licensing deal.

The ruling is a setback for...
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