Harvard University has started a new semiconductor campaign, asserting a family of patents generally related to vapor deposition of thin film insulators against GlobalFoundries (1:16-cv-11252) and Micron (1:16-cv-11249). In two separate lawsuits filed by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, one of the university’s two governing boards, Harvard accuses the companies of infringement through their use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes and materials for the manufacture of processors (GlobalFoundries) and DRAM chips (Micron). Harvard has asserted all three patents in the family against GlobalFoundries (6,969,539; 7,507,848; 8,334,016), while Micron is alleged to infringe just the ‘539 and ‘016 patents. The plaintiff entity, commonly known as the Harvard Corporation, is the oldest corporation in the United States and the Western Hemisphere, with a charter signed in 1650.
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