Realtek sues MediaTek over conspiracy to disrupt its enterprise

Chipmaker Realtek Semiconductor Corp has filed a lawsuit towards MediaTek Inc in Northern California court docket on Tuesday, alleging conspiracy to file meritless lawsuits within the US to disrupt Realtek’s enterprise.

The lawsuit accused MediaTek of conspiring with IPValue Administration Inc in an effort to drive Realtek out of the market.

Realtek mentioned that MediaTek signed a patent licensing pact with IPValue subsidiary Future Hyperlink Techniques in 2019 that included the key “bounty” pact.

In accordance with the lawsuit, the “bounty” pact was revealed final 12 months in patent litigation involving Future Hyperlink in West Texas federal court docket and on the US Worldwide Commerce Fee.

Realtek mentioned MediaTek has used the patent lawsuits, which search to take its allegedly infringing chips off the market, to recommend to prospects that Realtek could also be an unreliable provider for the tv chip business.

Realtek additionally mentioned Future Hyperlink has stored particulars of the settlement “buried beneath confidentiality obligations and protecting orders”.

Realtek has requested the court docket to order the businesses to finish the alleged conspiracy and requested an unspecified sum of money damages.

The Worldwide Commerce Fee had termed the settlement “alarming” and mentioned it “might be untoward and actionable”.

The West Texas court docket had mentioned it was “improper” and “needs to be discouraged as a matter of public coverage”.

MediaTek owns practically 60% of the worldwide market share for tv chips, the lawsuit mentioned.

Future Hyperlink settled a number of different patent circumstances towards tech firms together with MediaTek competitor Amlogic quickly after the ITC criticized it, Realtek mentioned.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Up to date: 06 Jun 2023, 10:59 PM IST