Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Academic patent dispute in Europe

A university patent (held by Switzerland's University of Neuchatel) has been invoked against the SunFab thin film solar technology of Applied Materials.

Oerlikon licensed the Neuchatel technology.

Query: If a "maker" licenses the academic technology, does that make the technology "non-troll"? Does the "maker" have to "make" according to the academic patent to render the technology non-troll?

For the record, Applied Materials Inc denies infringement.


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