Synopsys Sues Magma For Patent Infringement

Law360, New York (September 19, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Synopsys and Magma Design Automation, two California rivals in the semiconductor field of electronic design automation, are facing off in a dispute over patent rights and trade secrets.

On Friday, Synopsys filed a lawsuit against Magma Design Automation, Inc., saying it rightfully owns patents that Magma claims it controls. Magma had sent Synopsys what's called a "a patent assertion letter."

Two of the patents name Lukas van Ginneken, a Magma founder and former Synopsys employee, as the sole inventor, according to Synopsys.

The two van Ginneken...
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