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Date: 11-10-14

Mentor wins patent infringement case against Synopsys

Mentor Graphics said it has won a patent infringement case against EVE, a company now owned by Synopsys. Synopsys had acquired EVE in year 2012. EVE used to supply emulation platforms for SOC verification.

The release from the Mentor Graphics States "The jury in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon found that one Mentor patent – U.S. Patent No. 6,240,376 – was directly and indirectly infringed by EVE and Synopsys. As part of the verdict, the jury awarded damages of approximately $36 million and certain royalties to be paid to Mentor Graphics."

However Synopsys has said it will appeal against the verdict of this case. Synopsys stated in its release "Four other Mentor patents were dismissed from the case prior to the trial. The remaining patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,376, relates to one feature of the EVE emulation product. The Oregon jury returned with assessed damages of approximately $36 million, which Synopsys intends to challenge."

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