Melexis Wins Patent Nullity Court Case Versus Austriamicrosystems

Intermediate declaration by the Board of Directors
Ieper, Belgium – December 16th, 2010, 18.00 hrs CET

On December 9, 2010, the Federal Patent Court in Munich, the only competent German Court for judging patent validity, rendered its verdict on the patent nullity case initiated by Melexis in March 2009 against the Austriamicrosystems patent EP0916074 (for your reference see also our press releases dated March 16, 2009 and May 20, 2010). In first instance, the Court declared all attacked patent claims (1-3 and 5-14) as null and invalid based on the prior art submitted by Melexis. This decision can be appealed at the Federal Supreme Court (Karlsruhe).

The invalidation of all relevant claims of the Austriamicrosystems patent takes away the basis for the earlier judgment in the parallel patent infringement case judged in Düsseldorf on May 10 (first instance) and against which Melexis has lodged an appeal with the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf.

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