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International Rectifier and EPCC agree to cooperate

The settlement and royalty agreement related to IR's gallium nitride on silicon process for power devices ends litigation between the two companies
International Rectifier Corporation (IR) has entered into a settlement agreement with Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPCC).

This will result in the payment of royalties to IR on the sale of GaN on silicon based power devices from 2015-2023, subject to an offset in certain cases.

The settlement agreement resolves all disputes between EPCC and certain of EPCC’s principals, including Alex Lidow, and IR without judicial determination of the merits of any party’s claims or defences. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.

IR brought suit against EPCC, Alex Lidow and others in 2009 for misappropriation of trade secrets associated with its GaN on silicon program. Alex Lidow had also sued IR for wrongful termination as the company’s CEO. When the settlement occurred, the matter was awaiting trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

“We believe this resolution is positive for IR and will allow the company to put this dispute behind us,” states IR’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Oleg Khaykin. “We will continue to direct our attention and resources to the commercialisation of our GaN on silicon technology platform as well as continuing to innovate and improving our leading competitive position in GaN on silicon based power devices.”

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