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Fairchild Patent Setback

Power Integrations takes round one.
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Power Integrations (POWI) - Get Power Integrations, Inc. Report won a patent suit against Fairchildundefined, which vowed to fight on.

Power Integrations said a jury found that Fairchild has willfully infringed all four Power Integrations patents asserted in the case, and awarded Power Integrations damages of $34 million.

Fairchild said it continues to believe it will prevail, despite the verdict in the first of three phases of trial in the case. The company also said it will continue offering its full line of pulse-width modulation products.

A second trial, scheduled to begin on Dec. 4, will address Fairchild's challenges to the validity of the infringed Power Integrations patents, Power Integrations said. Should Fairchild be unable to prove the patents invalid, Power Integrations said it intends to seek an injunction against the continued manufacture, importation and sale of the infringing parts, as well as enhancement of the damages award based on the jury's finding of willful infringement.

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"Power Integrations respects the intellectual property of others, and we expect our competitors to do the same," said CEO Balu Balakrishnan.

Fairchild said final resolution of the matter is not expected until 2007.