Nathan Myhrvold

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures has entered into a settlement agreement with Microsemi, resolving the patent suit that it filed against the company in December 2010. Settlement terms were not revealed. But Microsemi, a maker of semiconductor systems for the communications, defense and aerospace industries, has agreed to license portions of Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio going forward.

Intellectual Ventures continues to pursue its claims against the other defendants named in the suit, including Alterra and Lattice Semiconductor.

“In the past 12 years, IV has assembled a world-class patent portfolio and this settlement is further confirmation of the strength of our assets” said Melissa Finocchio, vice president and chief litigation counsel for Intellectual Ventures.

Last fall, Intellectual Ventures announced legal settlements with SK hynix and Elpida Memory, makers of memory used in computers and gadgets. Those deals marked the first major legal settlements for Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures.

Previously: A feisty Nathan Myhrvold defends his quest for ‘Global Good’

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  • guest

    Cue hate-filled rants against IV in 3, 2, 1…

    • Guest

      LOL. Couldn’t resist.

      • guest

        Children often have trouble with impulse control.

  • Guest

    I don’t think I would enjoy being a parasitic maggot by profession. :)

  • Guest

    The last paragraph sounds like a press release – John Cook you’re better than that

  • JustRants

    Is this guy using the money he made while working at microsoft to finance a patent trolling company to sue microsoft?

    • Przemysław Lib


      However IV is PROFESSIONAL patent troll, they sue and license to anyone for anything.

      Its not revange by some ex employer.

      Just prime example of what is legally right, despite being complete opposite to anything given law wanted to achieve.

  • Trolling the Troll

    How about a new section of the site called “Today in Extortion”?

  • Charles888

    Nobody needs a patent troll to to meet their current business needs and provide strategic guidance on forward-thinking intellectual property”. To be able with a straight face …. LOL. Imagine if the mafia was a but more imaginative and marketed itself thus way.

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