PACT XPP Technologies, AG v. Xilinx, Inc. and Avnet, Inc.
HPC represents PACT in its patent infringement lawsuit against Xilinx, the world’s largest manufacturer of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (“FPGAs”), and Avnet, the primary distributor of Xilinx’s FPGAs. PACT is a German company that pioneered the “coarse grained” technology used in modern FPGAs, including revolutionary bus interface systems and dynamically reconfigurable processing cells. PACT’s patent portfolio covers that technology, amongst others
In May 2012, a team of lawyers tried PACT’s case before a jury in the Eastern District of Texas. HPC took the lead in preparing and arguing the key patent liability issues. After only a few hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict that Xilinx willfully infringed two of PACT’s patents and awarded damages of $15.4 million. In September 2013, the Court entered a judgment that enhanced damages by $23.1 million and awarded PACT attorneys’ fees, interest and costs.