San Jose, Calif.--Jan. 26, 1998--Cadence Design Systems announced that the U.S. District Court has granted its request fora more stringently-worded injunction against the continued sale and use ofcertain place-and-route products from Avanti Corp. The order, filedtoday from the court of Judge Ronald B. Whyte, clarifies and reinforces theCourt's December 19, 1997 preliminary injunction ruling. The order emphasizesthat its purpose is "to remove any implication that Avanti's licensees areauthorized by the preliminary injunction to continue to use the enjoinedproducts without exposure to claims of copyright violation."
The order follows a series of public statements, press releases, and aletter from Avanti's president that claimed the December 19 order "does notprevent Avanti customers from continuing to use Arccell if they so desire."
The Court's most recent order makes clear that the Avanti communicationsto its customers misconstrued the Court's earlier injunction. Today's orderemphasizes in italic type: "Nothing in this Modified Order is intended toauthorize anyone to use any Avanti product subject to this order or to suggestthey could do so without exposure to a claim of violation of the copyrightlaws." Whyte describes the Avanti products that are subject to the injunctionorder as "any product or work copied or derived from Cadence's DesignFramework II, specifically including, but not limited to, Avanti's Arccell,ArccellBV, and ArccellXO products."
Avanti was also ordered to send a copy of the ruling to all current orformer customers of the products, instructing them to return or destroy thesoftware. Avanti must also provide Cadence with a list of all customers witha functional copy of such products by January 30, 1998.
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