The following is excerpted from a January 4, 2012 AMEC press release published by PR Newswire:
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) announced that it has prevailed again in litigation against AMEC subsidiaries by Lam Research Corporation (LAM) in Taiwan.
In a decision rendered on Dec. 29, 2011, the Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan (IP Court) affirmed an earlier LAM defeat in the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO). In its ruling, the IP Court upheld TIPO's position that LAM's TW Patent 126873 (focus ring patent) is invalid because the claims lack novelty and non-obviousness. Thus they could not form the basis of an infringement claim against AMEC.
The decision marks AMEC's fourth major win over LAM in patent infringement disputes fought in Taiwan's chief intellectual property forums. The victories lend further substance to AMEC's pledge to honor intellectual property rights worldwide.
Read the full press release here.