SAN FRANCISCO—French emulation technology vendor EVE SA said Wednesday (July 21) it plans to "vigorously" defend itself in a legal matter in Japan brought by EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp.
Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) said late Tuesday it filed an import suspension application against EVE emulation products in Japan with the Japanese Customs Office requesting that it issue a ruling that EVE products infringe Mentor's intellectual property. The application also requests that the Japanese Customs Office bar importation of EVE products into Japan, Mentor said.
In a statement Tuesday, EVE CEO Luc Burgun described the timing of the announcement as "curious," coming less than a month after EVE announced record quarterly bookings of $19.9 million.
"We are going to vigorously defend our rights and show that our products do not infringe any patent owned by Mentor Graphics Corporation in Japan or anywhere else," Burgun said.
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