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Switzerland : STMicroelectronics Re-asserts its MEMS Patent Leadership and Requests International Trade Commission Investigation of InvenSense.

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the worldwide technology leader of motion, environmental, audio and micro-fluidic MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) Tiny mechanical devices that are built onto semiconductor chips and are measured in micrometers. In the research labs since the 1980s, MEMS devices began to materialize as commercial products in the mid-1990s.  (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, STMicroelectronics, Inc., has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC ITC (Brit) n abbr (= Independent Television Commission) → Fernseh-Aufsichtsgremium

ITC n abbr (BRIT) (= Independent Television Commission) →
). The complaint requests that the ITC initiate an investigation into the alleged infringement of five ST patents covering all of InvenSense, Inc. s MEMS device offerings, as well as products from two of InvenSense s customers, Black and Decker, Inc. and Roku, Inc. ST has requested that the ITC issue an order excluding InvenSense s infringing gyroscopes and accelerometers, as well its customers products that include those InvenSense devices, from importation into the United States.

This is the second patent lawsuit that ST has brought against InvenSense. In May 2012, ST filed a 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.  lawsuit against InvenSense in the Northern District of California, alleging infringement of nine ST patents and seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages. Rather than litigating ST s claims before the court, InvenSense used the delaying tactic of filing requests for ex parte reexamination re·ex·am·ine also re-ex·am·ine  
tr.v. re·ex·am·ined, re·ex·am·in·ing, re·ex·am·ines
1. To examine again or anew; review.

2. Law To question (a witness) again after cross-examination.
 of ST s patents with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office ( USPTO USPTO
abbr.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
 ), even though historically over 89% of reexamined patents are confirmed upon ex parte reexamination.

On February 27th, 2013, the district court granted InvenSense s request for a stay of proceedings In civil procedure and criminal procedure, a stay of proceedings is a ruling by the court halting further legal process in a trial. The court can subsequently lift the stay and resume proceedings. However, a stay is sometimes used as a device to postpone proceedings indefinitely.  pending the USPTO s reexamination. ST is confident in the validity of its patents and is eager to resume the district court proceedings at the earliest opportunity.

While we welcome fair competition, ST cannot tolerate continued infringement of our strong and unique patent portfolio, which is the result of more than 15 years of intensive R&D efforts and substantial investment, to bring competitive and innovative solutions to customers worldwide, said Bob Krysiak, President and Chief Executive Officer of STMicroelectronics, Inc.

With more than 800 MEMS-related patents and patent applications worldwide, including more than 350 in the US, ST is the acknowledged world leader in motion, environmental, audio, and micro-fluidic MEMS, and leads the way towards intelligent and independent sensing devices. The company s comprehensive portfolio of micro-machined accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, magnetic sensors, and microphones together with its manufacturing and packaging prowess and ability to integrate multi-sensor combos with on-board signal processing, control functions, sensor-fusion algorithms, and wireless connectivity aim to open new horizons in consumer electronics, healthcare, environmental sciences, and many other domains.

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