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Chipmaker wins round in Indian IP case

Analog Devices on Thursday said that a Delhi High Court has granted it an injunction ordering an India-based distributor to immediately stop importing and distributing energy-metering semiconductor chips from Shanghai Belling, part of a lawsuit over alleged counterfeit chips filed by the semiconductor company. In the suit, Analog Devices says that the Chinese company has copied its energy-metering chips and is wrongfully trying to pass them as substitutes for its chips. It alleges the Belling chips violate its intellectual property in India, where millions of digital energy metering chips are used in meters to measure the use of electricity in homes, apartments and businesses.

The interim injunction has validated the lawsuit, according to Analog Devices. "The Indian judiciary, like the balance of India's technological sector, recognizes the importance of protecting patents and intellectual property as a means of protecting technological investments in their country," William Wise, Analog Devices' corporate counsel, said in a statement.