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GigOptix And MACOM Still At Loggerheads

MACOM has filed patent infringement claims against GigOptix regarding optical communication areas, including the use of polymer thin films for light modulation

GigOptix has been filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from MACOM.

The lawsuit alleges that GigOptix’ polymer technology is infringing on two patents in which MACOM claims rights.

This latest lawsuit was filed without any prior demands or notice by MACOM. This is even though the GigOptix lawsuit in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California against MACOM, its subsidiary Optomai, Inc., and three of GigOptix’ former employees for misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets and breach of the contractual and legal obligations to GigOptix of the former employees is scheduled for a jury trial on September 23rd, 2013.

This will be just after the Superior Court has denied motions filed by the defendants to stay the GigOptix lawsuit on the basis that certain individual defendants employed by MACOM and previously employed by GigOptix are being investigated by the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Northern District of California.

GigOptix has not been served with a copy of the complaint filed by MACOM, but intends to vigorously defend its innovations in various optical communication areas, including the use of polymer thin films for light modulation.

Once GigOptix has been served with a copy of the complaint, it will review the claims made by MACOM and assess its response.

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