MUNICH, Germany Austriamicrosystems AG has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Melexis N. V. SA. The bone of contention is a family of magnetic encoder products used in industrial, medical and automotive applications.
Analog/mixed signal specialist AMS (Unterpremstätten, Austria) claims that the products of its Belgian competitor infringe European patent EP 0 916 074 B1. The Austrian company seeks unspecified damages and court-ordered injunction against Melexis for the case the company continues sales of the products in question.
The complaint has been filed at the Duesseldorf District Court. In a press statement, the general manager of AMS' automotive business unit, Bernd Gessner, said that the company sees itself forced to defend its position. "Having spent a great amount of time and effort to develop our intellectual property in this area, we are now forced to take the steps necessary to protect our inventive ideas."
Melexis was not immediately available for comment.