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Powerwave claims infringement on PTH patent.

SANTA ANA, CA - Powerwave Technologies ( has filed suit against Microelectronics Technology ( and MTI Laboratory in a California US District Court claiming patent infringement patent infringement n. the manufacture and/or use of an invention or improvement for which someone else owns a patent issued by the government, without obtaining permission of the owner of the patent by contract, license or waiver. .

The suit alleges MTI is infringing US Patent 6,818,477, "Method of Mounting a Component in an Edge Plated Hole Formed in a Printed Circuit Board." The suit further alleges that MTI is making, using, selling, offering for sale or importing communications products that contain infringing circuit boards.

The patent, which credits William K. Veitschegger and Scott Sauer as inventors, was filed in August 2002, describes a method of mounting an RF power transistor or attenuator at·ten·u·a·tor  
A device that attenuates an electrical signal.

Noun 1. attenuator - an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal
 to a multilayer PCB and pallet using preformed solder and a heatsink, then soldering using IR reflow (1) The process of heating and melting the solder that has been screen printed onto a printed circuit board in order to bond chips and other components to the board. Surface mount chips (SMT) use the reflow method. Contrast with wave soldering. See also reflowable text. . - MB

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Title Annotation:AROUND THE WORLD
Author:Buetow, Mike
Publication:Printed Circuit Design & Fab
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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