3Com Wins $45 Million in Patent Suit Against Taiwanese Chipmaker

3Com of Marlborough, MA, said today that a federal jury in California awarded it $45.3 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Realtek Semiconductor Corporation of Hsinchu, Taiwan.

3Com charged in the suit that Realtek’s network controller chips appropriated aspects of parallel processing technology 3Com developed for its own network interface devices. A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Realtek had infringed on four 3Com patents, three of them willingly.

The company said it is pursuing a larger award as part of a final judgment in the case. “We are extremely pleased that the jury has found in favor of 3Com in this important case and recognized the damage caused to 3Com by Realtek’s willful actions,” 3Com executive vice president and chief administrative and legal officer Neal Goldman said in a press release issued today. “3Com has a very broad portfolio of networking technology patents and an active licensing program. We will continue to aggressively protect our valuable patents against any and all infringements.”

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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