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Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 17, 2024



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-38029   33-1229046
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)


9805 Northcross Center Court, Suite A

Huntersville, NC 28078

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)



(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class:   Trading Symbol:   Name of each exchange on which registered:
Common Stock, $0.001 par value   AKTS  

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

(Nasdaq Capital Market)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.b-2 of this chapter)


Emerging Growth Company


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Item 8.01. Other Events.


On May 17, 2024, after a trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in the matter of Qorvo Inc. vs. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. DE Case 1:21-cv-01417-JPM (the “Qorvo Litigation”), a jury verdict was entered in favor of plaintiff, Qorvo Inc. (“Qorvo”), and against Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”). Although several of Qorvo’s claims were either withdrawn or dismissed before or during trial, or decided by the jury in the Company’s favor, the jury found that the Company was unjustly enriched by the willful misappropriation of certain Qorvo trade secrets and that certain accused products infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 7,522,018 and 9,735,755. The Company believes that its XBAW products incorporating previously disclosed design updates are not affected by this verdict. The jury awarded Qorvo approximately $38.6 million in damages. The Company expects to file post-trial motions seeking to overturn the jury’s verdict, obtain a new trial, and/or amend the judgment. Qorvo may seek an award of attorneys’ fees. The Company respectfully disagrees with the jury’s findings and plans to vigorously contest the verdict and judgment through post-trial motions in the district court, and through an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit if required.


The verdict in the Qorvo Litigation has created uncertainty regarding our financial condition and prospects and may negatively impact our ability to raise additional capital. We are continuing to evaluate the impact of the verdict on our business, results of operations, and financial condition; however, in the absence of the receipt of additional financing, we will be required to curtail or cease operations and/or seek protection under applicable bankruptcy laws.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This Current Report on Form 8-K includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, that are intended to be covered by the “safe harbor” created by those sections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans or strategies for the future (including our possible future results of operations, profitability, business strategies, competitive position, potential growth opportunities, potential market opportunities and the effects of competition), and the assumptions underlying such statements. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as: “may,” “might,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “project,” “expect,” “plan,” “strategy,” “anticipate,” “attempt,” “develop,” “help,” “believe,” “think,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “forecast,” “seek,” “potential,” “possible,” “continue,” “future,” and similar words (including the negative of any of the foregoing), although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that it has a reasonable basis for each forward-looking statement contained in this Current Report, the Company cautions you that these statements are based on a combination of facts and factors currently known by it and its projections of the future, about which it cannot be certain. Forward-looking statements in this Current Report include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s expectations concerning the impact to the Company’s products, financial condition and prospects caused by the verdict in the Qorvo Litigation; any potential post-trial motions and appeal of the verdict; the Company’s disagreement with the verdict; and the Company’s intention to challenge the judgment. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future results, performance, events or circumstances. Instead, these forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions, and are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include any adverse outcomes of any motions or appeals against us, and other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2023 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Date: May 20, 2024 By: /s/ Kenneth E. Boller
  Name:  Kenneth E. Boller
  Title: Chief Financial Officer






May 17, 2024
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