SAN JOSE, Calif.– LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Fairchild Semiconductor said it is evaluating its options following the dismissal of its patent infringement lawsuit against Power Integrations. The court overseeing the matter said the current case could not continue because of legal standing issues relating to license arrangements between Fairchild and Intersil Americas, which owns the patent. Both Intersil and Fairchild are parties to the lawsuit. The judge in the case explicitly left open the possibility for the standing issues to be addressed and the suit reinstituted. The underlying merits of Intersil and Fairchild’s patent infringement case against Power Integrations were not addressed in the judge’s ruling. This case is separate from Power Integrations’ lawsuit against Fairchild, which is continuing in the same court.
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