Mentor Graphics Files Import Suspension, EVE to Defend Against Allegation

Following EVE’s announcement June 29 stating record quarterly bookings of $19.9 million, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced yesterday that it had filed an import suspension application against EVE emulation products in the Japanese Customs Office. The filing requests that Japanese Customs issue a ruling that EVE emulation products infringe Mentor Graphics’ intellectual property. The application also requests that, upon making such a determination, the Japanese Customs Office bar importation of EVE products into Japan.

“The timing of Mentor Graphics Corporation’s announcement is curious,” said Dr. Luc Burgun, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of EVE. “We are going to vigorously defend our rights and show that our products do not infringe any patent owned by Mentor Graphics Corporation in Japan or anywhere else. This complaint will not distract us from our mission to become the undisputed leader in hardware/software co-verification. EVE will continue to deliver the most innovative standard-FPGA based emulators on the market.”

“We are committed to support our customers and will keep our focus on making sure they are successful with their projects,” added Hiroyuki Iseri, general manager of EVE KK in Yokohama, Japan.

About EVE
EVE is the worldwide leader in hardware/software co-verification solutions, including hardware description language (HDL) acceleration and extremely fast emulation. EVE products significantly shorten the overall verification cycle of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems designs. Its products also work in conjunction with popular Verilog, SystemVerilog, and VHDL-based software simulators from Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics. Its United States headquarters are in San Jose, Calif. Telephone: (408) 457-3200. Facsimile: (408) 457-3299. Corporate headquarters are in Palaiseau, France. Telephone: (33) 1 64.53.27.30. Fax: (33) 1 64.53.27.40.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.