2016-06-13
 
FormFactor Unconditionally Withdrew Its Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against STAr Technologies  
 

Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., June 13, 2016 – FormFactor, Inc. ("FFI") recently took the initiative to unconditionally withdraw its patent infringement lawsuit against STAr Technologies Inc. ("STAr") from the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court ("the Lawsuit").

FFI filed the Lawsuit with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court on July 11, 2014, asserting that the probe head manufactured and/or sold by STAr infringed FFI's Taiwan Invention Patent No. I425218 ("Patent-in-Suit"). However, FFI did not specify the accused product and the facts of the infringement during the Lawsuit.

Furthermore, the Japan Patent Office ("JPO") had rejected FFI's corresponding patent application on December 9, 2012, which has the same technical features as those of the Patent-in-Suit.  FFI’s Japan patent application was rejected based on prior arts, lacks of novelty and inventive steps to its claims.  Thereafter, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the JPO and the Japan Intellectual Property High Court also affirmed the JPO's decision on April 2014 and June 2015, respectively.

After one year and ten months of court procedure, FFI has taken the initiative to withdraw the Lawsuit on May 31, 2016, and STAr agreed to FFI's withdrawal on order to save the judicial resource.  STAr will continue upholding the innovation and quality-oriented attitudes to provide STAr's customers with the best probe cards and services. 

About STAr Technologies, Inc.
STAr Technologies specializes in advanced test systems, software, probe cards and professional services for the semiconductor industry. STAr’s expertise encompasses parametric electrical tests (E-test), wafer-level and package-level reliability tests (WLR & PLR), analog/mixed signal automatic test equipment (ATE), probe cards, test load boards and IC test sockets. STAr Technologies is established on August 2000 with headquarter based in Hsinchu, Taiwan and subsidiaries in U.S.A., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and India.


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