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Electronics Production | December 29, 2004

Agilent files lawsuit against Elan Micro

Elan Microelectronics Sued for Violating Agilent Technologies patents relating to Optical Mouse Sensor Technology.
Agilent Technologies Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Elan Microelectronics Corp. for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Elan infringes Agilent’s U.S. Patent No. 5,786,804 and U.S. Patent No. 6,433,780 relating to optical mouse sensor technology.

Agilent is seeking to stop Elan from selling infringing optical mouse sensors to companies manufacturing optical mice that are imported, distributed or sold in the United States. Agilent also is seeking damages from Elan for its unauthorized use of Agilent’s patented optical mouse sensor technology.

“During the past 15 years, Agilent has invested extensively in optical navigation sensor research and development and has produced more than 100 imaging and navigation patents,” said Young Sohn, president of Agilent’s Semiconductor Products Group. “We will protect our vital corporate assets and research and development investments by taking aggressive legal action against companies that we determine are violating Agilent’s patents.”

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