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Texas Instruments, Samsung File Patent Infringement Suits

January 2, 1996

DALLAS (AP) _ Texas Instruments and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. filed lawsuits against each other alleging patent infringement of ways for making semiconductors, company officials said Tuesday.

The legal action follows failed efforts to renew a five-year cross-licensing agreement that expired Dec. 31. Both lawsuits seek unspecified damages and permanent injunctions that would bar the other from using the patents, officials said.

The TI suit alleges violations of several patents involved in making dynamic random-access memory chips and other semiconductors. Samsung’s suit alleges that TI has infringed on 13 patents related to a wide variety of semiconductor products, including DRAMs and microprocessors.

Both companies deny allegations of patent infringement.

Neil McGlone, a TI spokesman, said Samsung’s action appeared aimed at delaying any trial.

``Our goal continues to be to get an expedient trial moved along,″ he said.

Charles Donohoe, vice president and general patent counsel for Samsung Electronics, said the company wants a court declaration that it did not infringe TI’s patents.

TI also said it plans to file a complaint with the International Trade Commission, asking that Samsung be blocked from importing devices that infringe on TI patents.

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