Magma Files Counterclaims Against Synopsys in U.S. District Court

10/25/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design solutions, announced it has filed an answer and counterclaims in United States District Court in response to a lawsuit filed by Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) against Magma for allegedly infringing three patents related to electronic design automation (“EDA”) technology. In the filing Magma refutes all allegations that it is infringing a Synopsys patent. Magma also affirms its full ownership of two other patents granted to it by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, patents to which Synopsys now claims rights.

Key points in the “Preliminary Statement” of Magma’s answer to the Synopsys lawsuit (pages 1-4 of the court filing) include:

In its filing, Magma seeks, among other things, dismissal with prejudice of Synopsys’ complaint, reaffirmation of Magma’s ownership interest in the ’446 and ’438 Patents and an order enjoining Synopsys’ unfair business practices.

The filing is available to the public from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco, Case No. C04-03923.

About Magma Design Automation
Magma provides leading software for designing highly complex integrated circuits while maximizing Quality of Results with respect to area, timing and power, and at the same time reducing overall design cycles and costs. Magma provides a complete RTL-to-GDSII design flow that includes prototyping, synthesis, place & route, and signal and power integrity chip design capabilities in a single executable, offering “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon”TM. Magma’s software also includes products for advanced physical synthesis and architecture development tools for programmable logic devices (PLDs); capacitance extraction; and characterization and modeling. The company's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma is a registered trademark and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc.

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