Realtek to seek Lower Payout to 3Com in Patent Lawsuit

TAIPEI -(Dow Jones)- Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (2379.TW) will seek to lower the US$45.3 million compensation a U.S. federal jury ruled the Taiwanese chip designer should pay to 3Com Corp. (COMS) in a patent infringement suit, Realtek Vice President Jesse Chen said Friday.

‘We’ll either seek a lower compensation or a court rejection of the jury ruling, but the former is more likely,’ Chen told Dow Jones Newswires.

3Com, a Marlborough, Mass., networking-communications technology company, filed the lawsuit against Hsinchu-based Realtek in 2003, alleging the Taiwanese company violated four 3Com patents, Chen said.

In early trading on the Taiwan stock exchange, Realtek was down by the 7% daily limit at NT$89.2, while the benchmark stock index was up 0.4%.

Chen said Realtek is still using the four patents and the company is awaiting a further court ruling in the next one to two months.

3Com said Thursday the jury asserted all claims of the four 3Com patents covering interface technology valid and infringed upon.

It also said the jury found Realtek induced others to infringe upon 3Com patents in the U.S.

3Com said it is now pursuing a final judgment from the court consistent with the jury verdict and will request the court to consider awarding the company ‘enhanced’ damages.


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