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Power Integrations Wins Patent Case Against Fairchild

Eddie Staley

Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI) today announced a verdict in one of its ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Fairchild Semiconductor. After a month-long trial in federal district court in San Francisco, a jury found yesterday that Fairchild willfully infringed two of Power Integrations' patents, and awarded Power Integrations damages of $105 million. Based on the finding of willfulness, the Court could enhance the award up to three times the amount specified by the jury. The jury also denied all counterclaims by Fairchild alleging infringement by Power Integrations.

Based on the jury's findings, Power Integrations intends to seek a permanent injunction against the more than 140 infringing parts implicated in the decision (and any additional parts with substantially identical infringing circuitry). The infringing features include what Fairchild terms its “Green Mode” technology; a list of part numbers determined to be infringing is shown below.

Today's decision follows three previous findings of infringement against Fairchild and its System General (SG) subsidiary in cases brought by Power Integrations. In 2006, Fairchild was found in another federal court to infringe four of Power Integrations' patents, resulting in a permanent injunction against more than 100 infringing Fairchild products (listed below). The court later found the infringement to be willful, describing Fairchild's behavior as “blatant copying”. Also in 2006, the International Trade Commission found that SG infringed two of Power Integrations' patents (including one of the same patents involved in the latest verdict) and later issued an exclusion order barring the infringing products from the U.S. market.

In 2012, Fairchild was again found to violate two of the same patents found to be infringed in the 2006 district-court decision. Power Integrations is presently seeking an injunction against approximately 80 Fairchild products implicated in that ruling (and any additional parts with substantially identical infringing circuitry), as listed below.

Commented Balu Balakrishnan, president and CEO of Power Integrations: “Today's decision marks the fourth time Fairchild and its SG subsidiary have been found to infringe our patents. We hope this latest finding and the accompanying damage award will cause Fairchild to finally re-examine their business practices and begin respecting the intellectual property that we have worked so hard to develop over the past 25 years.”

The list of infringing Fairchild products implicated in yesterday's decision is as follows:

AS1000 FAN6755W FSBH0170A LTA703S SG6840 AS1003 FAN6756 FSBH0170W LTA704S SG6841 AS1207 FAN6756AHL FSBH0270 LTA705S SG6841x3 DAP024 FAN6791 FSBH0270_F116 LTA809FA SG6842 DAP02A FAN6793 FSBH0270A LTA810FA SG6842J FAN100 FAN6861 FSBH0270W LTA811FA SG6843 FAN102 FAN6862W FSBH0370 PO168 SG6846 FAN103 FAN6862 FSBH0370_F116 PO268 SG6846A FAN103W FAN6862H FSBH0F70 PO368 SG6846B FAN104 FAN6862HR FSBH0F70A SG3843G SG6846C FAN104W FAN6862L FSBH0F70A_F116 SG5701 SG6846G FAN301 FAN6862R FSBH0F70WA SG5841 SG6846WA FAN400A FAN6863 FSEZ1016A SG5841J SG6848 FAN400C FAN6863L FSEZ1216 SG5842 SG6849 FAN6747 FAN6863R FSEZ1216B SG5842A SG68502 FAN6747W FAN6863W FSEZ1217 SG5842J SG68502A FAN6747WA FAN6863WE FSEZ1307 SG5842JA SG68502B FAN6747WALMY FAN6863WL FSEZ1307S SG5843 SG6858 FAN6749 FAN6863WR FSEZ1317 SG5851 SG6859 FAN6751 FL103 FSEZ1317A SG5851A SG6859A FAN6751MR FL7730 FSEZ1317WA SG6741 SG6859D FAN6752 FL7732 FSEZ2007 SG6741A SG6860 FAN6753 FSB117H FSEZ2016 SG6742 SG6902 FAN6754 FSB127H FSEZ2037 SG6742HL SG6905 FAN6754A FSB137HL FSL127H SG6742HR SG6932 FAN6754B FSB147H FSL137H SG6742ML SGP100 FAN6754WA FSBH0170 LTA504SG SG6742MR SGP101 FAN6755 FSBH0170_F116 LTA504SJ SG6742WMR SGP400 FAN6755UW

The list of Fairchild products implicated in the 2012 verdict, against which Power Integrations is currently seeking a permanent injunction, is as follows:

AS1000 FAN6793 FSEZ2007 SG5841J SG6846A AS1003 FAN6861 FSEZ2016 SG5842 SG6846B AS1207 FAN6862 FSEZ2037 SG5842A SG6846C DAP024 FAN6862L LTA504SG SG5842J SG6846G FAN100 FAN6862R LTA504SJ SG5842JA SG6848 FAN102 FSBH0170 LTA703S SG5851 SG6849 FAN103 FSBH0270 LTA704S SG5851A SG68502 FAN104 FSBH0370 LTA705S SG6741 SG68502A FAN301 FSBH0F70 LTA809FA SG6741A SG68502B FAN400A FSEZ1016A LTA810FA SG6742 SG6858 FAN400C FSEZ1116 LTA811FA SG6742HL SG6859 FAN6747 FSEZ1216 PO168MY SG6742HR SG6859A FAN6751 FSEZ1216B PO268MY SG6742ML SG6860 FAN6752 FSEZ1217 PO368MY SG6742MR SGP100 FAN6753 FSEZ1307 SG5701 SG6842J SGP101 FAN6754 FSEZ1317 SG5841 SG6846 SGP400 FAN6791

The following Fairchild products are already under permanent injunction based on earlier litigation:

FAN7602 FSD200B FSDH0265RLDX FSDL321L_NL FSCM0465R FSD200B_NL FSDH0265RLDX_NL FSDM0170RNB FSCM0465RGWDTU FSD200BM FSDH0265RLN FSDM0265RL FSCM0465RIWDTU FSD200BM_NL FSDH0265RLN_NL FSDM0265RL_NL FSCM0465RJ FSD200BMX FSDH0265RLX FSDM0265RN FSCM0465RJX FSD210 FSDH0265RLX_SB82190 FSDM0265RN_NL FSCM0565R FSD210B FSDH0265RN FSDM0265RNB FSCM0565RCYDTU FSD210BH FSDH0270RNB FSDM0265RNB_NL FSCM0565RCYDTU_NL FSD210BM FSDH0370RNB FSDM0265RNC FSCM0565RD FSD210BM_NL FSDH321 FSDM0265RNC_NL FSCM0565RGTU FSD210BMX FSDH321B FSDM0270RNB FSCM0565RGWDTU FSD210BMX_SB82110 FSDH321L FSDM0365RL FSCM0565RIWDTU FSD210DH FSDH321LX FSDM0365RL_NL FSCM0565RJ FSD210H FSDH321LX_NL FSDM0365RLX FSCM0565RJX FSD210HD FSDH321Z FSDM0365RN FSCM0765R FSD210HD_NL FSDH321Z_NL FSDM0365RN_NL FSCM0765RC FSD210L FSDL0165RL FSDM0365RNB FSCM0765RCYDTU FSD211 FSDL0165RL_NL FSDM0365RNC FSCM0765RCYDTU_NL FSD211H FSDL0165RN FSDM0370RNB FSCM0765RD FSD211H_NL FSDL0365RL FSDM100 FSCM0765RGWDTU FSD500 FSDL0365RL_NL FSDM100_NL FSCM0765RIWDTU FSDH0170RNB FSDL0365RN FSDM101 FSCM0765RJ FSDH0265RL FSDL0365RNB FSDM311 FSCM0765RJX FSDH0265RL_NL FSDL321 FSDM311_NL FSD1000 FSDH0265RL_SB82109 FSDL321_NL FSDM311L FSD200 FSDH0265RLD FSDL321L FSDM311L_NL FSD200_NL FSDH0265RLD_NL

The list of Fairchild/SG products subject to ITC exclusion order is as follows:

SG6840 SG6841 SG6841x3 SG6842 SG6842J SG6843

About Power Integrations

Power Integrations, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based supplier of high-performance electronic components used in high-voltage power-conversion systems. The company's integrated circuits and diodes enable compact, energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies for a vast range of electronic products including mobile devices, TVs, PCs, appliances, smart utility meters and LED lights. CONCEPT IGBT drivers enhance the efficiency, reliability and cost of high-power applications such as industrial motor drives, solar and wind energy systems, electric vehicles and high-voltage DC transmission. Since its introduction in 1998, Power Integrations' EcoSmart® energy-efficiency technology has prevented billions of dollars' worth of energy waste and millions of tons of carbon emissions. Reflecting the environmental benefits of the company's products, Power Integrations' stock is included in the NASDAQ® Clean Edge® Green Energy Index, The Cleantech Index®, and the Ardour Global IndexSM. For more information, including design-support tools and resources, please visit www.powerint.com; visit Power Integrations' Green Room for a comprehensive guide to energy-efficiency standards around the world.

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