For 18 years, Chipworks has consistently helped senior IP Executives and their outside Legal Counsel achieve success in patent licensing and litigation. Our clients hire us to find compelling evidence of patent infringement for negotiations and litigations where the stakes are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Electronic systems clients
Communications company extends standards based licensing program with potential to generate hundreds of millions in licensing revenue
A world leader in communications and networking was seeking to generate additional licensing revenue by asserting a number of wireless networking patents potentially being infringed by a number of large players in an adjacent market. The company initially used internal resources to document evidence of use on the standard. However, given the relative size and sophistication of its opponents and the likelihood of litigation, it sought additional technical analysis to solidify its evidence and ensure it could negotiate from a position of strength.
Consumer electronics company reduces royalties, secures long-term agreement
A large consumer electronics company faced an upcoming licensing renewal with a major semiconductor player, who it relied on to help deliver leading edge products. While the company wished to preserve its long standing business relationship, it also realized an opportunity to reduce royalty payments. With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the company required substantial evidence to strengthen its negotiating position.
Computing firm builds strong case against global electronics company worth licensing revenue over $100 million
A computing firm had pursued negotiations with a large electronics company that were unsuccessful. Realizing that it required substantially stronger evidence to build its case, the computing firm sought external expertise. After rejecting the work of several reverse engineering firms, the company turned to Chipworks to help strengthen its claim.
Law firm helps electronics company win multimillion dollar license against competitor
An electronics company suspected a large competitor of infringing upon its patents in various consumer electronics products. Supported by its law firm, the company approached the competitor seeking a license deal, but was quickly dismissed as having no evidence of infringement. Knowing its client needed a stronger case, the law firm contacted Chipworks.
Law firm helps global computing giant reach a settlement and reduce its royalties
One of the world's computing giants, with revenue exposure in the billions of dollars, was served notice of patent infringement by a smaller player. Consulting with its law firm, it agreed to make offense part of its defense, that is, find patent infringement by the smaller player. Knowing that credible third party evidence and fact witnesses would be critical to its case, the law firm hired Chipworks, who had helped it win cases before.
Consumer electronics giant gains evidence of non-infringement, law suit with NPE is dismissed
A consumer electronics giant was served notice by a non-practicing entity (NPE) alleging patent infringement supported with claim charts. The infringement claim targeted one of the giant's emerging technology areas, with millions of dollars of future revenue being anticipated. Wanting to keep its damages to a minimum, the giant pursued what limited defense options it could, including evidence of non-infringement.
Law firm helps large electronics company defend against NPE with non-infringement evidence
A billion dollar electronics company was served notice of patent infringement by a non-practicing entity (NPE). As part of its defense strategy, the company sought proof that it was not infringing the patent. With litigation underway, time was of the essence and the company needed to find an external firm that could help generate the evidence it needed.
Global electronics company gains technical evaluation prior to patent purchase, creates counterclaim in litigation
A global electronics giant was served notice of patent infringement by a major consumer products company, exposing it to hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees on its core product line. As part of a larger acquisition strategy, the company identified patents outside of its technology area that could help support a counterclaim and be of licensing value in the future.
Private equity firm evaluates patent portfolio prior to acquisition, declines deal and saves millions in investment
A multibillion dollar private equity firm was considering buying a distressed technology company with a large patent portfolio. Working with its outside counsel, the firm wanted to evaluate the licensing potential of the portfolio as a first step in its due diligence process.
Semiconductor company validates opportunity to monetize systems patents worth hundreds of millions in infringing revenue
A global semiconductor company was considering ways to monetize systems patents in their portfolio that fell outside of the traditional semiconductor area. At the direction of his senior leadership team, the IP group director was tasked to develop a strategy for monetizing these patents and report back to the CEO. He decided to begin by assessing the viability of asserting the systems patents against a major communications company.
Semiconductor company builds strong case against aggressor, sets precedent for negotiations
A semiconductor company faced first-time licensing negotiations with an industry aggressor. Realizing that this negotiation could set a precedent for future licensing agreements, it had to build a strong case, put the aggressor on the defensive, and secure a positive outcome. Offensively, the company needed evidence of infringement based on its existing patent portfolio and patents being considered for acquisition. Defensively, it sought prior art to invalidate the competitor's claims.
Semiconductor company takes program approach and cuts licensing fees by $80 million
A multibillion dollar semiconductor business, holding an IP portfolio of limited value, had signed a 10 year cross-license agreement with a much larger aggressor company. As its sales grew, so did its royalty payments to the aggressor – topping more than $15 million annually. With the license up for renewal, and more than $100 million at risk, the Board of Directors gave the IP team a directive to drastically reduce its royalty payments.
Small company turns defense into offense and nets $100 million plus
A small semiconductor company, under fire from one of the world's leading advanced semiconductor providers, faced excessive patent licensing fee demands that could have put it out of business. Facing an aggressive adversary with a massive patent portfolio, the company knew that prior art research and invalidity claims would never eliminate the threat; it needed a cross license at a price that wouldn't kill the business. The company had very few valuable patents of its own until the acquisition of a small design company unexpectedly gave it half-interest in a high value patent portfolio.
Conglomerate converts negative cash flow to multimillion dollar gain
A multibillion dollar conglomerate diversified into the semiconductor business in an attempt to capitalize early on the high tech boom. Ultimately realizing that semiconductors were not its core competency, the conglomerate sold its business line, but retained a portfolio of 60 patents. These "orphan" patents were perceived to be of no continuing value to the conglomerate. With no license income, and maintenance fees topping $100,000 annually, the patent portfolio was a nonproductive asset that steadily drained cash. Under pressure to extract value from the patents and eliminate the maintenance fees, the company's legal and finance teams recognized they needed expert guidance.
Global semiconductor company turns tables on an aggressor
A global leader in integrated silicon solutions enjoyed close to one billion dollars in annual revenue. Unexpectedly, it was served notice by a semiconductor giant, claiming infringement of 10 patents, backed up with claim charts. With millions of dollars in royalty payments at stake, and negotiating deadlines imminent, the market leader realized it needed strong technical documentation to counter the claims.
Semiconductor company uses evidence of prior use to defend against NPE, saving millions in royalty payments
A large semiconductor company was notified by a non-practicing entity (NPE) of patent infringement involving one of its core product lines. The company initially sought to invalidate the patent through prior art using its own internal resources and those of its outside counsel. When prior art wasn't found through this process, the company turned to Chipworks to assess whether the patent could be invalidated by searching for evidence of prior use instead.
Law firm helps semiconductor company invalidate patents through prior use and reach a favorable settlement
A semiconductor company was in patent licensing negotiations with a competitor twice its size. Its strategy was to try and invalidate the competitor's patents. Knowing that it would need irrefutable evidence to reach a favorable settlement with such a strong opponent, the company sought to include prior use in its prior art search.
Semiconductor powerhouse reduces patent acquisition risk, sets precedent for negotiations
A semiconductor powerhouse entered into unprecedented licensing negotiations with hundreds of millions of dollars in infringing revenue at stake. Realizing that this negotiation could set a standard for future agreements with its competitor and others, the company sought to demonstrate its strength and secure an advantage by adding to its already substantial patent portfolio.
Giant obtains valuable second opinion prior to purchasing patents, strengthens licensing position
Already in multimillion dollar negotiations with a major competitor, a semiconductor giant was considering acquiring new patents to strengthen its licensing position. The company had identified a group of patents for potential purchase, but did not have the internal resources to evaluate the patents' strength against the competitor's products. Wanting more comfort before investing, the company turned to Chipworks to confirm that the patents would strengthen its negotiating position.
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