10 December 2020
MRSI and Palomar settle litigation
MRSI Systems LLC of North Billerica, MA, USA (which makes fully automated, high-precision high-speed die bonding and epoxy dispensing systems) and photonics and microelectronic device assembly & packaging equipment maker Palomar Technologies Inc of Carlsbad, CA, USA have reached a confidential agreement that settles all litigation pending between them.
Filed by MRSI in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in December 2019, the patent infringement lawsuit alleged that Palomar’s die, wire and wedge bonder products infringed MRSI’s US Patent Nos. 7,324,710 ‘Method and Device for Determining Nominal Data for Electronic Circuits by Capturing a Digital Image and Compare with Stored Nominal Data’, 9,032,611 ‘Apparatus for Generating Patterns on Workpieces’, 9,648,795 ‘Pick-and-Place Tool’ and 7,109,510 ‘Method and Apparatus for Aligning a Substrate on a Stage’. These patents cover core functionalities used in Palomar’s main product lines.
MRSI also continued to challenge a patent lawsuit filed by Palomar in 2015 in Southern California that MRSI successfully transferred to its home district court in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018 (Palomar Technologies Inc vs MRSI Systems LLC, Case No. 1:18-cv-10236-FDS (D. Mass.)). MRSI maintained that Palomar’s US Patent No. 6,776,327 asserted in that lawsuit was invalid on numerous grounds, including because the patent claims were directed to ineligible subject matter, and were invalid in light of prior art as well as MRSI’s marketing and sales of the relevant technology in its own products many years before Palomar filed for its invalid patent. MRSI previously invalidated one of Palomar’s three independent claims through the Inter Partes Review process before the US Patent & Trademark Office.
The latest settlement ends the intellectual property disputes between the companies with respect to all existing product lines.