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MediaTek Defends Antitrust Lawsuit Over ‘Bounty’ Patent Deal.

The court dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc., arising from a licensing agreement between the company and the patent owner that promised the patent owner $1 million to sue certain competitors.

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. – a rival Taiwanese company that makes chips for use in televisions – sued in June 2023, alleging that MediaTek was behind a series of lawsuits brought against Realtek by patent claimant Future Link Systems LLC. Realtek called MediaTek a “modern-day thief baron” based on the agreement in MediaTek’s licensing agreement with FLS, a unit of IPValue Management Inc. – which encouraged FLS to sue Realtek, which…