October 31, 2002–IRVINE, CA–Intersil Corp. filed a lawsuit for theft of trade secrets against Agere Systems with the US District Court in Philadelphia, PA.
The lawsuit charges Agere Systems with misappropriating Intersil’s fundamental Choice Medium Access Control (CMAC) WLAN technology. Intersil believes that virtually all of the WLAN products being shipped by Agere today utilize the Intersil MAC technology.
Intersil’s action seeks both an immediate and permanent injunction to prevent Agere Systems, either alone or in cooperation with others, from developing, making, and/or selling MAC chips that use Intersil’s CMAC technology.
“Intersil’s intellectual property is a core company asset and we want to assure our employees, shareholders, and customers that we will protect and defend [it] to the fullest extent of the law,” said Rich Beyer, president and CEO of Intersil Corp.