A federal court judge decided today that Avant can continue unrestricted distribution and service of its Aquarius place-and-route software products. Aquarius, which has been succeeded by Avant's Apollo product, had been attacked by competitor Cadence Design Systems for alleged copyright infringement.
The court found "Cadence has not shown the Aquarius product contains copyright-protected code that is substantially similar to Cadence's." It also found Cadence failed to "identify with reasonable particularity a trade secret in any particular function or structure in Cadence's code."
"The allegations of infringement have once again been rejected by the court," said Gerry Hsu, chairman, CEO, and president of Avant, in Fremont, Calif. "With this matter resolved, we are confident customers and investors will favorably evaluate the strength of our technology and business fundamentals."
Over the past four months, Avant AVNT upgraded more than 90 percent of its U.S. customers from Aquarius to Apollo. Worldwide, 70 percent of its customers have begun to use Apollo, Hsu said.