Kilopass Technology Inc. and Sidense have been engaged in a legal battle over the claim by Kilopass that Sidense is breaching a patent owned by Kilopass (see this article). Last week Kilopass announced it has licensed its 1T patent coverage license (PCL) to a Sidense customer. The patent coverage license is to address existing products that have taped out and does not include future products.
Kilopass stated that it expects that a number of Sidense's customers to license the 1T PCL. With the 1T PCL, Kilopass is enabling direct resolution with Sidense customers on their existing products using 1T technology before the U.S. District Court trial begins on September 30, 2012.
"We continue to be customer centric in our approach to litigation and the IP business," said Charlie Cheng, CEO at Kilopass. "We want to offer business solutions in addition to product solutions to our customers that create a win-win for both our customers and Kilopass. Given that we own the patent for 1T antifuse technology, it makes sense to offer a patent coverage license to those requesting it."
The 1T patent coverage license program is offered to address Sidense customers' concerns about the uncertainty of the results of the litigation and its ramification to their products. Kilopass 1T patent coverage license program covers three US Patents: US 6,940,751, US 6,856,540 and US 6,777,757, which Kilopass is making available to Sidense licensees.