Cresta Technology Corporation, a product company that sells silicon
tuner chips to television set manufacturers based on its patented Smart
Tuner™ technology, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade
Commission today asking the ITC to investigate and determine whether
CrestaTech's patents have been infringed by two silicon chip companies,
Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) and MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL). The
complaint also lists major importers into the United States of
television sets containing Silicon Laboratories and MaxLinear silicon
CrestaTech, which designs, develops, and manufactures silicon tuner
chips in the United States, accuses Silicon Laboratories, MaxLinear, and
four television set manufactures and their U.S. subsidiaries of
unlawfully importing certain television sets, receivers, tuners, and
other components into the United States. In addition to calling for an
investigation into the alleged violations, CrestaTech seeks an exclusion
order that would halt the importation of the devices it claims feature
technology that infringes its patents. The company also is seeking a
cease and desist order to stop the marketing and sale of the devices
within the United States.
The three CrestaTech patents in question cover technology that enables a
single television receiver to process analog or digital television
signals in multiple standards, making it possible for television to
work anywhere in the world. The patented technologies also eliminate the
need for bulky traditional "can" tuners, thus substantially reducing the
cost of developing thin, flat panel televisions.
"Our goal is to resolve a situation where others profit unfairly from
our inventions and to enable all TV makers to continue to offer great
products while respecting the trade protections of the United States,"
stated Torbjorn Folkebrant, CEO of CrestaTech.
CrestaTech is represented by Susman Godfrey LLP and Adduci, Mastriani &
Located in Silicon Valley, CrestaTech (www.crestatech.com)
is the creator of Smart Tuner™ products that permit excellent reception
of any worldwide television broadcast signal. Smart Tuner™ ICs feature a
patented architecture comprising precision RF analog front-end plus
digital signal processing techniques. With flat and consistent frequency
response, Smart Tuner™ products have the ability to handle diverse and
extreme signal conditions, and are immune to LTE and WiFi interference,
all without the need for external filters or shielding. Smart Tuner™ ICs
are found in many of the world's leading brand flat panel televisions.
About Susman Godfrey LLP
For more than 30 years, Susman Godfrey has focused its nationally
recognized practice on one thing: high-stakes commercial litigation. It
is one of the nation's leading law firms, with offices in Houston,
Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. For more information, visit www.susmangodfrey.com.
About Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP
Since 1981 Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP has been an
internationally recognized leader in the field of international trade
law with an emphasis on Section 337 intellectual property litigation
before the United States International Trade Commission. For more
information, visit www.adduci.com.
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