Monday, June 18, 2018

Gil Amelio on Patent Infrigements

Investors Business Daily publishes Gil Amelio article with a story of Pictos vs Samsung lawsuit:

"A typical small inventive company, Pictos Technologies, was put out of business after Samsung aggressively infringed its intellectual property.

Pictos invented an inexpensive image sensor that could be used in countless applications such as mobile phones and automobile cameras, to name only two. This next-generation Image Sensor was a follow-on to my dozen or so image-sensing patents that helped launch the solid-state image-sensor business years earlier. The Pictos technology, developed after years of investment and design, was protected by a portfolio of patents obtained at substantial cost.

In 2014, Pictos sued Samsung in federal court, alleging that it had "willfully infringed" its intellectual property. After years of costly litigation, the case went to trial, where Pictos lawyers introduced evidence that proved Samsung began as a Pictos customer, secretly copied its engineering designs and production process, and replicated them in Korea. Using our technology and its sizable scale, it went on to dominate this sector of the world electronics market.

Following lengthy litigation, the jury ruled in our favor and awarded substantial damages. The judge then trebled the damages based on "evidence of (Samsung's) conduct at the time of the accused infringement." Please note: Samsung's behavior was so egregious that the judge tripled the jury determination of the infringement costs to us.

That was just the first round, though. The verdict can be overturned on appeal, which, of course, Samsung has filed.

Update: Once we are at historical stuff, SemiWiki publishes Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines memories from the early days of CCD and DRAM imagers in Stanford University in 1960s.

1 comment:

  1. I did a patent search for Pictos as assignee and found 15 patents. Apparently the 2 patents Amelio refers to are from Conexant (Rockwell) and ESS (acquired Pictos which came out of Conexant) and refer to fluorescent light flicker mitigation and to strobe lighting. BTW, the patents are assigned to Imperium Holdings, an NPE as far as I know, and we know what that means. Perhaps Samsung was a customer of Pictos but I know that they started working on CMOS image sensors certainly by the late 1990's, if not sooner. To me, Amelio's narrative does not seem correct since Pictos (and ESS) was probably defunct by 2014. Also, I note Imperium is a Cayman Islands company, and not US.


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