This excerpt taken from the MRVL 10-Q filed Sep 8, 2005.
On August 29, 2005, the case was settled and a dismissal of the entire action with prejudice is to be entered. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it will have no material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.
On October 7, 2004, Realtek Semiconductor Corporation (Realtek) filed a lawsuit against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MTGL) and MSI in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (the Court), alleging that certain Marvell products infringe one of Realteks patents. The parties stipulated to the dismissal of MTGL, leaving the lawsuit between Realtek and MSI. Certain of the accused Marvell products were made and sold before Realteks patent was filed. On July 15, 2005, MSI filed a motion requesting summary judgment that Realteks patent was invalid. In response to that motion, on July 28, 2005 Realtek provided MSI with a Covenant Not To Sue for patent infringement of the Realtek patent in-suit as against any Marvell product now made or ever made. In response to Realteks Covenant Not to Sue and a request by Realtek, on August 12, 2005, the Court entered an order dismissing the underlying patent infringement action, but allowing MSI to file a motion seeking fees, costs, and other sanctions. On August 26, 2005 MSI filed a motion against Realtek seeking fees, costs, and other sanctions. The hearing for this motion has not yet occurred.
On October 11, 2004 Realtek filed a lawsuit similar to the Northern District lawsuit in Taiwan. On December 17, 2004, Marvell International Ltd. initiated a patent infringement action in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that Realtek infringes two Marvell patents. Effective August 17, 2005, the parties entered a Confidential Settlement Agreement. On August 29, 2005, Realtek publicly announced that it will drop the case it initiated in Taiwan. On August 31, 2005, Marvell filed a motion initiating the dismissal of the case it brought in the ITC. On September 2, 2005 Realtek filed the necessary papers in the courts in Taiwan to dismiss its Taiwan lawsuit against Marvell.