GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GIG), a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor and optical communications components, today announced that it has this afternoon learned from a press release issued by M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. (“MACOM”) that MACOM has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against GigOptix alleging that GigOptix’ polymer technology is infringing on two patents in which MACOM claims rights. This new lawsuit was filed without any prior demands or notice by MACOM to GigOptix 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 23, 2013, after the Superior Court has just 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 pioneering 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.
About GigOptix, Inc.
GigOptix is a leading fabless supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high-speed end-to-end information streaming over the network and address emerging high-growth opportunities in the communications, industrial, defense and avionics industries. GigOptix offers a unique broad portfolio of Drivers, TIAs and TFPSTM optical modulators for 40G, 100G and 400G fiber-optic telecommunications and data-communications networks, and high performance MMIC solutions that enable next generation wireless microwave systems up to 90GHz. GigOptix also offers a wide range of digital and mixed-signal ASIC solutions and enables product lifetime extension through its GigOptix Sunset Rescue Program.
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