Japanese Customs Office Rejects Mentor Graphics' Application to Suspend Import of EVE's ZeBu Products
SAN JOSE, CALIF. –– December 17th, 2010 –– EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, today announced that the Japanese Customs Office has rendered a decision to reject Mentor Graphics' application to suspend the importation of its best-in-class emulation systems.
Each of the three intellectual property rights experts appointed by the Japanese Customs Office made a detailed analysis of the patent at issue and the alleged EVE ZeBu products, and the experts delivered opinions that the Japanese Customs Office should not accept the application from Mentor Graphics. This application mainly alleged the infringement of Mentor Graphics' intellectual property by the ZeBu products utilizing the ReadbackTM feature provided by Xilinx in their FPGAs and used in all ZeBu products since EVE began shipping emulation systems.
"This is excellent news for design teams throughout Japan, a country where EVE has provided strong support to a broad installed base of prestigious customers," says Dr. Luc Burgun, EVE's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
"We invite Mentor Graphics' management to reconsider its tactics and compete with us on a level playing field, based on the merits of our respective products and the quality of our support teams. This request is shared by our customers, who have been extremely supportive during this legal battle, and the electronic design automation industry at large. Legal battles have a negative impact on any industry and the capital wasted on litigation would be better invested on innovation and growing the business."
EVE is the worldwide leader in hardware/software co-verification solutions, including hardware description language (HDL) acceleration and extremely fast emulation, with installation at nine of the top 10 semiconductor companies. .
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,
System Verilog and VHDL-based software simulators from Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics.