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VLSI诉Intel系列案,在美国索赔超200亿美元而在我国仅索赔130万元
VLSI诉Intel系列案,在美国索赔超200亿美元而在我国仅索赔130万元

摘要:

这成为了美国历史上规模最大的专利侵权赔偿案之一。

VLSI诉Intel系列案,在美国索赔超200亿美元而在我国仅索赔130万元

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作者:肖振春 知识产权理想国

原标题:VLSI诉Intel系列案,在美国索赔超200亿美元而在我国仅索赔130万元


据路透社报道,美东时间3月2日,美国得克萨斯州的联邦陪审团作出裁决,因侵犯了他人半导体制造专利权,英特尔(INTC.US)需向VLSI Technology LLC赔偿21.75亿美元(约合人民币140.73亿元),这也成为了美国历史上规模最大的专利侵权赔偿案之一。对此,英特尔表示将进行上诉。


英特尔于2021年1月22日发布2020年财报,2020年总营收779亿美元,净利润209亿美元。一个月后,德克萨斯州西区联邦地区法院(U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (WDTX))的陪审团裁定英特尔因专利侵权需赔偿VLSI合计21.75亿美元,占其2020年净利润的约十分之一。


在英特尔2020年财报中对于其与VLSI之间的专利诉讼进行了详细说明,VLSI的索赔合计金额超过200亿美元。最早诉讼发生2017年10月,涉及中美两国法院,美国包括加州、特拉华州和德州三个联邦地区法院,中国包括深圳中院和上海知识产权法院。


VLSI诉Intel系列案,在美国索赔超200亿美元而在我国仅索赔130万元


其中明确说明21.75亿美元的两个案件于2021年2月审理,以下为财报中英文原文并附简单翻译。

 
VLSI Technology LLC v. Intel


第一部分

VLSI在美国三地起诉Intel,索赔金额超过200亿美元


In October 2017, VLSI Technology LLC (VLSI) filed a complaint against Intel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging infringement of eight patents acquired from NXP Semiconductors, N.V. (NXP). The patents, which originated at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. and NXP B.V., are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,268,588; 7,675,806; 7,706,207; 7,709,303; 8,004,922; 8,020,014; 8,268,672; and 8,566,836. VLSI accuses various FPGA and processor products of infringement.


2017年10月,VLSI Technology LLC(VLSI)向美国加利福尼亚州北区地区法院提起诉讼,指控英特尔侵犯了其从NXP Semiconductors(NXP,恩智浦半导体)获得的八项专利。这八件源自Freescale Semiconductor(飞思卡尔半导体),Inc.和NXPB.V.的专利是美国专利号7,268,588;7,675,806;7,706,207;7,709,303;8,004,922;8,020,014;8,268,672和8,566,836。VLSI指控各种FPGA和处理器产品侵权。


VLSI estimated its damages to be as high as $7.1 billion, and its complaint further sought enhanced damages, future royalties, attorneys' fees, costs, and interest. In May, June, September, and October 2018, Intel filed IPR petitions challenging the patentability of claims in all eight of the patents in-suit.

VLSI估计其损失高达71亿美元,并且其诉讼进一步寻求增加损害赔偿,未来特许权使用费,律师费,成本和利息。在2018年5月,6月,9月和10月,英特尔提交了多方复审(Inter Partes Review,IPR)请愿书,对涉案的这8项专利的权利要求可专利性进行了挑战。


The PTAB instituted review of six patents and denied institution on two patents. As a result of the institution decisions, the parties stipulated to stay the District Court action in March 2019. In December 2019 and February 2020, the PTAB found all claims of the '588 and '303 patents, and some claims of the '922 patent, to be unpatentable.


PTAB(专利审查与上诉委员会)启动过了对六项专利的复审,并拒绝了两项专利的复审查。根据该机构的决定,当事方规定将在2019年3月中止地区法院的诉讼。在2019年12月和2020年2月,PTAB裁定588和303专利的全部权利要求以及922专利的部分权利要求是不可专利性的。


The PTAB found the challenged claims of the '014, '672 and '207 patents to be patentable. Intel moved for a continuation of the stay in March 2020 as it appealed certain rulings by the PTAB. In June 2020, the District Court issued an order continuing the stay through August 2021 and setting trial for December 2022.


PTAB裁定014、672和207专利被挑战的权利要求具有专利性。英特尔针对PTAB的某些裁决提出上诉,要求在2020年3月继续中止诉讼。2020年6月,地区法院下达了一项命令,将中止期限延长至2021年8月,并于2022年12月开始审判。

 
In June 2018, VLSI filed a second suit against Intel, in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement by various Intel processors of five additional patents acquired from NXP: U.S. Patent Nos. 6,212,663; 7,246,027; 7,247,552; 7,523,331; and 8,081,026. VLSI accused Intel of willful infringement and seeks an injunction or, in the alternative, ongoing royalties, enhanced damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and interest.


2018年6月,VLSI在特拉华州美国地区法院对英特尔提起第二次诉讼,指控英特尔各种处理器侵犯了从恩智浦获得的五项其他专利:美国专利号6,212,663;7,246,027;7,247,552;7,523,331和8,081,026。VLSI指控Intel故意侵权,并寻求禁制令,或者寻求持续的特许权使用费,增加损害赔偿,律师的费用和成本以及利息。


In March 2019, the District Court dismissed VLSI's claims for willful infringement as to all the patents-in-suit except the '027 patent, and also dismissed VLSI's allegations of indirect infringement as to the '633, '331, and '026 patents. In June 2019, Intel filed IPR petitions challenging the patentability of claims in all five patents-in-suit. In January 2020, the District Court vacated the November 2020 trial date based on agreement of the parties; no trial date is currently set.


2019年3月,地区法院驳回了VLSI关于除027专利之外的所有诉讼中专利的故意侵权的索赔,还驳回了VLSI关于633,331和026专利的间接侵权指控。在2019年6月,英特尔提交了多方复审(IPR)请愿书,挑战了所有五项诉讼专利权利要求的可专利性。2020年1月,地区法院根据双方达成的协议撤消了2020年11月的审判日期,目前未设定审判日期。


In January and February 2020, the PTAB instituted review of the '552, '633, '331 and '026 patents and as a result, Intel moved for stay of the District Court proceedings. In May 2020, the District Court stayed the case as to the '026 and '552 patents but allowed the case to proceed on the '027 and '331 patents. For these two patents, VLSI is seeking damages of approximately $4.13 billion plus enhanced damages for the '027 patent. VLSI is no longer asserting claims from the '633 patent.


2020年1月和2月,PTAB对552,633,331和026专利进行了复审,因此,英特尔寻求中止地区法院诉讼。2020年5月,地区法院对026和552专利案件进行了中止,但允许对027和331专利进行审理。对于这两项专利,VLSI要求赔偿大约41.3亿美元,以及027专利的增加损害赔偿。VLSI不再主张633专利的权利要求。

 
In March 2019, VLSI filed a third suit against Intel, also in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of six more patents acquired from NXP: U.S. Patent Nos. 6,366,522; 6,663,187; 7,292,485; 7,606,983; 7,725,759; and 7,793,025.

2019年3月,VLSI还在美国特拉华州地区法院对英特尔提起了第三次诉讼,指控其侵犯了从恩智浦获得的另外六项专利:美国专利号6,366,522;6,663,187;7,292,485;7,606,983;7,725,759和7,793,025。在2019年4月,VLSI自愿撤回了这起特拉华州的案子,而没有任何损害。


In April 2019, VLSI voluntarily dismissed this Delaware case without prejudice. In April 2019, VLSI filed three new infringement suits against Intel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (WDTX) accusing various Intel processors of infringement. The three suits collectively assert the same six patents from the voluntarily dismissed Delaware case plus two additional patents acquired from NXP, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,523,373 and 8,156,357. VLSI accuses Intel of willful infringement and seeks an injunction or, in the alternative, ongoing royalties, enhanced damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and interest. Specifically, VLSI is seeking damages of approximately $11 billion collectively in the Texas cases, plus enhanced damages for alleged willful infringement.


在2019年4月,VLSI在美国德克萨斯州西区地区法院(WDTX)对英特尔提起三项新的侵权诉讼,指控英特尔各种处理器侵权。这三起诉讼共同主张在自愿撤销的特拉华州案件中拥有相同的六项专利,以及从恩智浦获得的另外两项专利,美国专利号为7,523,373和8,156,357。VLSI指控Intel故意侵权,并寻求禁制令,或者寻求持续的特许权使用费,增加的赔偿金,律师的费用和成本以及利息。具体来说,VLSI要求在德克萨斯州的案件中合计赔偿约110亿美元,再加上据称故意侵权的增加的赔偿。


In the first Texas case, VLSI is asserting the '373 and '759 patents.(In December 2020, the court granted Intel summary judgment of non-infringement on the '357 patent.) VLSI seeks approximately $2.5 billion plus enhanced damages for alleged willful infringement in that case. That case was originally scheduled for trial in November 2020, but the court has now moved trial to February 2021.


在德克萨斯州的第一起案件中,VLSI主张373和759专利。(2020年12月,法院批准了英特尔对不侵犯其'357专利的行为的简易判决。)VLSI寻求约25亿美元的赔偿,以及针对涉嫌故意侵权的增加的损害赔偿。该案原定于2020年11月开始审理,但法院现已将审判移至2021年2月。


第二部分

VLSI在中国两地起诉Intel,寻求禁令为主,仅索赔130万元


In October and November 2019 and in February 2020, Intel filed IPR petitions on certain asserted claims across six of the patents-in-suit in WDTX. Between May and October 2020, the PTAB denied all of these requests, and Intel has requested a rehearing, as well as a review from the Precedential Opinion Panel (POP), as to all petitions. All requests for POP review were denied in October and December 2020, and in December 2020 requests for rehearing were denied as to petitions filed on the 373 and 759 patents.


2019年10月、11月和2020年2月,英特尔针对在WDTX起诉的6项专利申请中的某些已主张权利提出了多方复审(IPR)请愿书。在2020年5月至2020年10月之间,PTAB拒绝了所有这些请求,英特尔已要求对所有请愿进行听证,并要求判例意见小组(Precedential Opinion Panel(POP))进行审查。所有关于POP审查的请求都在202

0年10月和2020年12月被拒绝,并且在2020年12月,关于373和759专利的申请被驳回。
 

In May 2019, VLSI filed a case in Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court against Intel, Intel (China) Co., Ltd., Intel Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and Intel Products (Chengdu) Co., Ltd. VLSI asserts Chinese Patent 201410094015.9 accusing certain Intel Core processors of infringement. VLSI requests an injunction as well as RMB 1.3 million in damages.


2019年5月,VLSI在深圳中级人民法院对英特尔,英特尔(中国)有限公司,英特尔贸易(上海)有限公司和英特尔产品(成都)有限公司提起诉讼。VLSI声称中国专利201410094015.9指控某些英特尔酷睿处理器侵权。VLSI要求法院发出禁制令,并要求赔偿130万元人民币。


Defendants filed an invalidation petition in October 2019 with the PRB, but no hearing date has been set. In May 2020, defendants filed a motion to stay the trial court proceedings pending a determination on invalidity. The court has not yet ruled on the motion to stay. The court held the first evidentiary hearing in November 2020.


被告于2019年10月向PRB提交了无效宣告,但尚未确定聆讯日期。2020年5月,被告提出了一项动议,要求中止审判法院的程序,以裁定无效。法院尚未就中止动议作出裁决。法院于2020年11月举行了第一次证据听证会。

 
In May 2019, VLSI filed a second case in Shanghai Intellectual Property Court against Intel (China) Co., Ltd., Intel Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and Intel Products (Chengdu) Co., Ltd.


2019年5月,VLSI在上海知识产权法院对英特尔(中国)有限公司,英特尔贸易(上海)有限公司和英特尔产品(成都)有限公司提起第二起诉讼。


VLSI asserts Chinese Patent 201080024173.7. VLSI accuses certain Intel core processors and seeks an injunction. Defendants filed with the PRB an invalidation petition in October 2019. No hearing date has been set.


VLSI主张中国专利201080024173.7被使用于英特尔核心处理器并寻求禁令。被告于2019年10月向PRB提交了无效宣告,尚未确定聆讯日期。


In June 2020, defendants filed a motion to stay the trial court proceedings pending a determination on invalidity. The court has not yet ruled on the motion to stay. The court held its first evidentiary hearing in September 2020. The Court held a second evidentiary hearing and trial in December 2020 and has not yet issued a ruling.


2020年6月,被告提出了一项动议,要求中止审理程序,以裁定无效。法院尚未就中止动议作出裁决。法院于2020年9月举行了第一次举证听证会。法院于2020年12月举行了第二次举证听证和审判,但尚未发布裁决。
 

第三部分
Intel和苹果发起对VLSI的反垄断调查及主张已获得专利许可


In November 2019, Intel, along with Apple Inc., filed a complaint against Fortress Investment Group LLC, Fortress Credit Co. LLC, Uniloc 2017 LLC, Uniloc USA, Inc., Uniloc Luxembourg S.A.R.L., VLSI, INVT SPE LLC, Inventergy Global, Inc., DSS Technology Management, Inc., IXI IP, LLC, and Seven Networks, LLC. Plaintiffs allege violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act by certain defendants, Section 7 of the Clayton Act by certain defendants, and California Business and Professions Code section 17200 by all defendants based on defendants' unlawful aggregation of patents.


2019年11月,英特尔与苹果公司一起对Fortress Investment Group LLC,Fortress Credit Co. LLC,Uniloc 2017 LLC,Uniloc USA,Inc.,Uniloc Luxembourg SARL,VLSI,INVT SPE LLC,Inventergy Global,Inc.,DSS Technology Management Inc.,IXI IP,LLC和Seven Networks,LLC。原告指控某些被告违反了《谢尔曼法》第1条,某些被告违反了《克莱顿法》第7条,所有被告均基于被告非法聚集专利而违反了《加利福尼亚商业与职业守则》第17200条。


In February 2020, defendants moved to dismiss plaintiffs' complaint. In July 2020, the court granted defendants' motion to dismiss with leave to amend. The court dismissed antitrust claims related to two DSS patents with prejudice. The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in August 2020, and defendants moved to dismiss in September 2020. The court heard defendants' motion to dismiss the amended complaint in December 2020 and granted the motion in January 2021, with leave to further amend.


2020年2月,被告对原告的诉讼提起反对动议。2020年7月,法院批准了被告的动议,以驳回其修改许可。法院在有偏见的情况下驳回了与两项DSS专利有关的反托拉斯索赔。原告于2020年8月提出了修正案的诉状,被告于2020年9月提出上诉。法院听取了被告提出的在2020年12月解除修正案的诉状的动议,并于2021年1月批准了动议,并允许进一步修正。

 
In June 2020, affiliates controlled by Fortress Investment Group, which also controls VLSI, acquired Finjan Holdings, Inc. Intel had signed a "Settlement, Release and Patent License Agreement" with Finjan in 2012, acquiring a license to the patents of Finjan and its affiliates, current or future, through a capture period of November 20, 2022. The agreement also contains covenants wherein Finjan agrees to cause its affiliates to comply with the agreement. As such, Intel maintains that it now has a license to the patents of VLSI, which has become a Finjan affiliate, and that Finjan must cause VLSI to dismiss its suits against Intel.


2020年6月,同时控制VLSI的Fortress Investment Group收购了Finjan Holdings,Inc。英特尔于2012年与Finjan签署了“解决,发布和专利许可协议”,获得了Finjan及其关联公司的当前或将来的专利许可,直到2022年11月20日为止。该协议还包含Finjan同意使其关联企业遵守该协议的盟约。因此,英特尔坚持认为它已获得VLSI的专利许可,VLSI公司已成为Finjan的关联公司,并且Finjan必须促使VLSI撤销对Intel的诉讼。


In August 2020, Intel started dispute resolution proceedings under the agreement. As a part of this dispute resolution process, Intel and Finjan held a mediation in December 2020, but failed to resolve their differences. Intel filed suit to enforce its rights under the License Agreement with Finjan in January 2021 in Delaware Chancery Court.


2020年8月,英特尔根据该协议启动了争议解决程序。作为该争端解决程序的一部分,英特尔和Finjan于2020年12月进行了调解,但未能解决他们之间的分歧。英特尔于2021年1月在特拉华州法院起诉了与Finjan签订的《许可协议》,要求其行使其权利。


In September 2020, Intel filed motions to stay the Texas, Delaware, and Shanghai matters pending resolution of its dispute with Finjan. In November 2020, Intel filed a motion to stay the Shenzhen matter pending resolution of its dispute with Finjan. In November 2020, the Delaware Court denied Intel's motion to stay. The other stay motions remain pending. Finally, Intel filed a motion to amend its answer in the Texas matters to add a license defense in November 2020. The Court has yet to rule on the motion.


2020年9月,英特尔提出动议,要求在与Finjan的纠纷解决之前,保留德克萨斯州,特拉华州和上海的事务。2020年11月,英特尔提出一项动议,要求中方保留深圳案,以解决与Finjan的纠纷。2020年11月,特拉华州法院驳回了英特尔的中止动议。其他中止动议仍悬而未决。最后,英特尔于2020年11月提出一项动议,以修正其在得克萨斯州问题上的答案,以增加许可辩护。法院尚未对该动议作出裁定。

 
Given the procedural posture and the nature of these cases and that there are significant factual and legal issues to be resolved, we are unable to make a reasonable estimate of the potential loss or range of losses, if any, arising from these matters. We dispute VLSI's claims and intend to vigorously defend against them.


考虑到这些案件的程序性和性质,以及要解决的重大事实和法律问题,我们无法合理估计这些事项可能造成的潜在损失或损失范围(如有)。我们对VLSI的主张提出异议,并打算为之辩护。


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