Second Suit Filed over Korean University Patent as Judge Gilstrap Considers Post-Verdict Evidence Related to Standing

  • February 14, 2019
  • Category: New Patent Litigation
    Market Sector: Semiconductors

KIPB LLC (f/k/a KAIST IP US LLC), a Texas subsidiary of South Korean state-run research university Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has upped the stakes in its ongoing litigation campaign over a single patent generally related to the fabrication of certain double-gate FinFET devices. In June 2018, a Texas jury returned a verdict finding infringement by GlobalFoundries, Qualcomm, and Samsung through the provision of devices using certain 14 nm bulk FinFET technology. That jury awarded KIPB $400M in damages from Samsung, further finding Samsung’s infringement to be willful. The new complaint (2:19-cv-00056), filed over the same patent against Qualcomm and Samsung only, targets alleged infringement “based on other bulk FinFET technology nodes…reserved for future actions”—and it comes as the court considers the parties’ voluminous posttrial motions, including a fight over standing to sue that only intensified after the jury’s verdict.


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