Rockwell Files MOCVD Patent Infringement Suit Against JDS Uniphase

According to a report from
Reuters
which tracks and files wire stories for field journalists, the patent
arm of Rockwell International Corporation
(NYSE: ROK), Rockwell Technologies LLC, filed an infringement suit
Monday against JDs Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU) for alleged
infringement of the basic MOCVD process which stems back to 1983.
In court papers, which were filed in the U.S. District Court in
Delaware late Monday, July 17th, Rockwell Technologies of Thousand
Oaks, California, said it believes JDs infringed the patent by “allegedly
using its MOCVD process to make MOCVD wafers and import them for
sale into the U.S. while the patent was in effect.” The fact
that JDs Uniphase recently agreed
to buy SDL, Inc. (for $41 Billion!) enters into the case, as
SDL’s production of laser diode components and epiwafers are based
on MOCVD processing. Rockwell is seeking a jury trial on its claims
for damages.