Patent Litigation Settlements in the News

By Gene Quinn
February 12, 2009

General Electric & Ronald A. Katz

General Electric Company (GE), a diversified technology, media and financial services company (NYSE:GE), and Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P., announced on February 11, 2008, that the two settled the patent litigation between the parties. As part of the settlement, GE has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum for a nonexclusive license under a comprehensive portfolio of patents that Katz owns relating to interactive voice applications.

The patents held by Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P. cover a wide range of interactive technology including automated forms of: customer service, prescription refill services, securities trading, merchandising, prepaid services, telephone conferences, registration, home shopping, as well as functions involved in securing information from databases by telephone, interactive cable transactions, and various other uses of toll free and local numbers.

Ronald A. Katz stated, “We welcome GE to the significant group of technology, media and financial services companies who have purchased a license under this portfolio.”

Mr. Katz is the named inventor on a large number of patents primarily in the fields of telecommunications and computing. He also formed Telecredit, Inc., the nation’s first on-line real time credit and check cashing authorization system, and was awarded a patent as co-inventor of that technology.

BCD Settles With Power Integrations

BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited (BCD Semi), a leading analog integrated device manufacturer specializing in the design, manufacture, and sale of power management integrated circuits, has settled its patent litigation lawsuit with Power Integrations, Inc.

BCD maintains that it did not infringe any patents, and is aware that many of the patent claims in the lawsuit are currently under a final rejection in reexamination proceedings ongoing in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. BCD Semi agreed to settle these patent claims for business reasons. The consent judgment states that BCD Semi voluntarily accepts patent settlement, makes no payment to Power Integrations, and agrees not to sell the AP3700, AP3710 or hybrid Integrated Circuits with the same frequency dithering circuits in the United States. In addition, BCD Semi agrees not to sell such products for end use in the U.S. market. The settlement and order affect no other products.

“This lawsuit made no business sense for us as it involves a product that is no longer used in the United States,” said Chieh Chang, President and CEO of BCD Semi. “We believe that this lawsuit was a diversion from our goal to introduce new products that continue to provide cutting-edge solutions to our customers.”

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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