Intel Dodges Willful Infringement Claims in Chip Patent Lawsuit (1)

March 27, 2019, 4:52 PM; Updated: March 27, 2019, 7:23 PM

Intel Corp. convinced a federal court to dismiss allegations that it willfully infringed four semiconductor patents owned by patent holding company.

VLSI Technology LLC failed to allege facts showing Intel’s willful or intentional infringement of the four patents, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled March 26. The court also tossed out VLSI’s request for enhanced damages related to willful infringement of those patents, and claims of indirect infringement of three of the four patents.

The ruling illustrates how plaintiffs must have plausible claims in infringement complaints. Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings—Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly ...

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