Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA) announced it has filed a second request for re-examination of U.S. Patent Number 6,378,114 (the ’114 patent), one of three patents at issue in a case filed against the company by Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS). Magma’s first request for re-examination of the ’114 patent resulted in a finding that the request raised a substantial new question of patentability and a subsequent rejection of the patent’s 15 claims by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). This new re-examination request is based upon prior art not previously cited to the PTO and adds further uncertainty as to the validity of the Synopsys patent.
The additional prior art includes the Ph.D. dissertation of Massoud Pedram, published by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 – six years before Synopsys filed its application for the ’114 patent. The new re-examination request asserts that Pedram’s dissertation describes the subject matter of all 15 claims of the ’114 patent and thus invalidates all claims.
The ’114 patent is one of three patents at issue in the companies’ patent litigation pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and re-examination has been requested for all three patents. The PTO announced in November that it will re-examine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the ’438 patent), and the PTO will determine by Feb. 10, 2007 whether to re-examine the third patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,453,446 (the ’446 patent).
Filings, court orders and other documents relevant to these matters are available on the Magma website.
Magma’s software for integrated circuit (IC) design is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology. The world’s top chip companies use Magma’s EDA software to design and verify complex, high-performance ICs for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design, and the company’s integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon”(TM). Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the world. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.
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