Memory chip maker Silicon Storage Technology (SSTI) is to countersue Intel in a David and Goliath patents battle.
On Friday, Intel sued SSTI for alleged infringement of four patents, covering flash memory circuits and memory cells. SSTI responded, claimings its split gate cell technology is patented and unique, and does not use any Intel intellectual property.
Today it added that it will "vigorously defend" itself and also countersue Intel, alleging "unfair and anti-competititive conduct".
Bing Yeh, chief executive of the Delaware company, said Intel had approached him earlier in the year about licensing Intel technology, but two law firms had reviewed SSTI's products and advised them that there was no infringement of patents. "In September, Intel threatened to sue us unless we would license our technology to them royalty free and would agree to pay a royalty for Intel's patent portfolio," Yeh told the Reuters news agency.
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