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Patent Troll Goes After Intel, IBM, TI, Micron, Samsung

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Semcon Tech has filed a patent infringement suit against several chip makers, including IBM, Intel, Fujifilm electronics, Texas Instruments, Micron and Samsung.

Semcon claims that all defendants are using a variant of chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP), referred to as an Applied Materials Reflexion CMP system that violates its patent 7,156,717.

Semcon Tech is a Texas-based company with little to no corporate history that appears to be incorporated for the reason to monetize this specific patent. According to the USPTO, the patent in question was awarded in 2007 to Charles Molnar of Beaver Creek Concepts, and transferred to Semcon Tech on November 30, 2011. Semcon shares its address with other entities that recently filed patent infringement suits, including CyberFone Systems. Semcon's law firm is Wilmington, Delaware-based Bayard, P.A.

The lawsuit does not specifically mention any products of the defendants that allegedly violate the patent, but states that the companies import and sell products in the U.S. that, "upon belief", infringe Semcon's IP. The patent troll is asking the court to award damages, costs and expenses. At the very least, Semcon is asking for "reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention."

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    mugiebahar , May 5, 2012 4:31 PM
    I think in these cases they should,
    1) either take the troller and his family along with the lawyers involved and ship them to a deserted island if they are found to be wasting tax payers money on a lawsuit that they don't even use the patent and also if the patent applied for was to vague at the same time ( meaning they knew they were never going to really use it but they applied for it and some dumb ass stamped yes on it). Or
    2) bring in the death penalty to cover this waste, greediness and dumb ass behavior.

    Also for the real dumbass at the patent office who stamped yes to these, our ass is being shipped tonne same island. We pay you to do your job DO YOUR DUMB ASS JOB YOU DUMB ASS. That's all Im done,
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    as33 , May 5, 2012 4:27 PM
    don't feed the trolls :/ 
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    techseven , May 5, 2012 4:28 PM
    Quote:
    The lawsuit does not specifically mention any products of the defendants that allegedly violate the patent, but states that the companies import and sell products in the U.S. that, "upon belief", infringe Semcon's IP.


    Whow! Good luck with that.... Weak case to say the least...
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    as33 , May 5, 2012 4:27 PM
    don't feed the trolls :/ 
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    techseven , May 5, 2012 4:28 PM
    Quote:
    The lawsuit does not specifically mention any products of the defendants that allegedly violate the patent, but states that the companies import and sell products in the U.S. that, "upon belief", infringe Semcon's IP.


    Whow! Good luck with that.... Weak case to say the least...
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 4:29 PM
    If they don't prove that these companies are in violation of their patent, then their chances of winning seem to be fairly low.
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    mugiebahar , May 5, 2012 4:31 PM
    I think in these cases they should,
    1) either take the troller and his family along with the lawyers involved and ship them to a deserted island if they are found to be wasting tax payers money on a lawsuit that they don't even use the patent and also if the patent applied for was to vague at the same time ( meaning they knew they were never going to really use it but they applied for it and some dumb ass stamped yes on it). Or
    2) bring in the death penalty to cover this waste, greediness and dumb ass behavior.

    Also for the real dumbass at the patent office who stamped yes to these, our ass is being shipped tonne same island. We pay you to do your job DO YOUR DUMB ASS JOB YOU DUMB ASS. That's all Im done,
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 4:31 PM
    Also, do all patents lack proper grammar? There are so many places where there should be commas, but there aren't commas there. That adds to the confusion.
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    richard694000 , May 5, 2012 4:55 PM
    I want to start a company making truck rims. Anyone know who owns the patent for the wheel?
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    richard694000 , May 5, 2012 4:59 PM
    gess what http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1418165.stm
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    cookoy , May 5, 2012 5:26 PM
    They don't know what products specifically violate their patent, but that these products are being imported and sold locally. So sue the foreign companies that make them.
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 5:28 PM
    richard694000gess what http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1418165.stm


    That's kinda old news. Any word on whether or not he got the patent?
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    thehelix , May 5, 2012 5:31 PM
    Do we really need to know about all this? This is hardly newsworthy...
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    atmos929 , May 5, 2012 5:39 PM
    we all know to use FIRE so that trolls don't heal... :/ 
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 5:41 PM
    TheHelixDo we really need to know about all this? This is hardly newsworthy...


    It is newsworthy. Many of the companies that we rely on for new tech are being sued. If this goes poorly for them, it could affect us because the products of those companies might decline in supply or quality, or just stop production and not be made at all if they aren't in production yet.
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    eddieroolz , May 5, 2012 5:49 PM
    I "believe" Semcon is infringing upon my right to use a processing chip. Time for damages!
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 6:15 PM
    eddieroolzI "believe" Semcon is infringing upon my right to use a processing chip. Time for damages!


    Good luck proving that you have a right to use a processing chip and that they will stop you from doing so. They would have a tough time stopping you from using chips that you already have and if Semcon doesn't go after TSMC, then you can still use their processing chips. It's a funny idea, but it does not work in the least.
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    Haserath , May 5, 2012 6:24 PM
    "We don't sell anything that uses CMP to be made, but we believe they have caused us monetary loss!"
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    eddieroolz , May 5, 2012 6:26 PM
    blazorthonGood luck proving that you have a right to use a processing chip and that they will stop you from doing so. They would have a tough time stopping you from using chips that you already have and if Semcon doesn't go after TSMC, then you can still use their processing chips. It's a funny idea, but it does not work in the least.


    I clearly need to continue including the /s tag after everything, it seems.
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    Haserath , May 5, 2012 6:31 PM
    atmos929we all know to use FIRE so that trolls don't heal...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHB3JuID-rs
    When troll, ask for help from mythbusters.
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    blazorthon , May 5, 2012 8:55 PM
    eddieroolzI clearly need to continue including the /s tag after everything, it seems.


    I understood that it was a joke. I just didn't think that it was a good one.
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    Anonymous , May 5, 2012 11:00 PM
    It does sound more like Semcon tech is a subsidiary company of Semcon AB, a multinational manufacturing industry technology company, hardly a patent troll as such.
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    Blessedman , May 5, 2012 11:53 PM
    To stop this trolling they need to make the defendant pay up front cost of investigations. If they win the suit they will be be refunded the cost plus damages. If they lose, all patents they have submitted will go under investigation and again, they will pay all cost. If during this process the company files for bankruptcy, all patents not yet reviewed become invalid. That should stop this in it's tracks!
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