Reached $283 Million Settlement Against Samsung in Enforcement of AMD’s Computing and Semiconductor Patent Portfolio

January 20, 2011

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., et al v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al., No. 3:08-cv-00986 (N.D. Cal.)

Robins Kaplan LLP served as lead counsel for Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (“AMD”) in the enforcement of its computing and semiconductor patent portfolio against Samsung in the Northern District of California. After nearly three years of litigation and two rounds of mediation, the firm reached a settlement worth $283 million in January of 2011—one of the largest known settlements of its kind that year—shortly before trial and at the close of expert discovery and dispositive motion briefing. 

The case involved allegations that Samsung's memory products, ARM processor products, and consumer device user interfaces infringed seven AMD patents covering technologies in memory architecture, processor microarchitecture, semiconductor fabrication and transistor design, and video user interfaces; and that AMD's x86 processors and graphics processing units (GPUs) infringed six Samsung patents covering technologies in processor microarchitecture, semiconductor fabrication, and process control.

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