Magma Contends Synopsys Patent Suit are Without Merit

9/21/2004 - Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) announced that a lawsuit and accompanying public statements by Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS) alleging that Magma has violated Synopsys’ patent rights are without merit. Magma also affirmed that its intellectual property rights are protected in several patents issued to Magma by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Magma further affirmed that it will not only vigorously defend itself in this matter but will also take the offensive and fully enforce its patent and other rights against Synopsys.

“The actions and statements by Synopsys today are completely baseless,” said Rajeev Madhavan, chairman and chief executive officer of Magma. “The U.S. Patent office granted Magma patents for technology that our engineers have spent years developing at Magma. For Synopsys to assert that these rights don’t belong to us is absurd. We can’t help but notice the timing of these actions, given Synopsys’ recent statement that Magma has increased market share.” During Synopsys’ quarterly earnings call on Aug. 18, Synopsys CEO Aart de Geus, in response to a financial analyst’s questions about the competition Synopsys faces from other EDA (electronic design automation) companies, acknowledged, “I think Magma has gained some market share.”

In July, Magma expressed concern to Synopsys that Synopsys had implemented a new “gain-based delay model” in an enhanced version of its Design Compiler product. The specific concern was that an optimization technique in Synopsys’ software may “read on” (be covered by) one or more of Magma’s patents, specifically U.S. patents No. 6,253,361, No. 6,453,446 and No. 6,725,438. In a July 1 letter, Magma requested that Synopsys advise Magma as to whether one or more of the patents were applicable to Synopsys’ gain-based delay model or any other Synopsys design solution. No response was received from Synopsys.

“Magma notified Synopsys that public statements indicated that Synopsys products may infringe on our patent rights,” Madhavan said. “We sought to open a dialogue with Synopsys on the matter but never received any response before their actions and statements today. Apparently Synopsys decided that its best defense would be this meritless claim.”

“It is Magma that is the potentially injured party here – we long ago received the patents in question,” said Greg Walker, Magma chief financial officer. “Magma has world-class engineers who were successful in developing exceptional technology, and for Synopsys to now attempt to claim it as its own is both insulting to them and indicative of a time that I thought we in EDA had put behind us. Our industry has seen more than its share of litigation in recent years, and Magma certainly would have preferred to avoid it in this matter.”

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

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