San Jose--July 9, 1998--Cadence Design Systems, Inc.(San Jose) presented the United States District Court in San Jose withnew evidence of copyright infringement and trade secret theft by AvantiCorp. (Fremont, Calif.) Cadence asked the court to extend the preliminary injunctionorder already in place against certain Avanti products to include Avanti'sAquarius product line.
In its February 1998 order, the court stated: "The injunction as itcurrently stands enjoins Avanti from marketing, etc. Aquarius, or any otherproduct, if it includes any code that is copied or derived from Cadence'sDesign Framework II." In today's filing, Cadence presented evidence of directcopying of Design Framework II by Avanti into its Aquarius product. In adetailed filing with the Court, Cadence argued: "Aquarius would not existas a workable product without Avanti's misappropriation of Cadence tradesecrets, and Aquarius therefore should be enjoined."
Cadence argued that its source code and database clearlyfalls within the legal definition of "trade secret." The filing outlines howthe database code is the central point for coordinating alloperations of place-and-route products, and illustrates how that code's tradesecrets have been used in successive generations of Avanti products, includingAquarius.
In addition, Cadence asked the court to lift the stay that has stood inthe way of the case proceeding to a full civil trial that would decide on apermanent injunction and financial damages, arguing it is increasinglyconcerned about the financial viability of Avanti and its ability to pay themore than $1.2 billion in damages Cadence will seek at trial.
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