Judge Curbs Reexamination of Magma Chip Patents

Law360, New York (August 31, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a new twist in litigation between semiconductor industry rivals, a restraining order was placed on defendant Magma Design Automation Inc., preventing the company from seeking reexamination of two patents in the case. Plaintiff Synopsys Inc. sought the order to prevent reexamination without its input, after alleging true ownership of the patents.

In the lawsuit, filed in September 2004 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Synopsys alleged rightful ownership of the patents for integrated circuitry held by Magma. It alleged Magma’s inventor...
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