WILSONVILLE, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Mentor Graphics Corp. said last week a federal jury found in its favor in a patent infringement case it filed against a rival company.

The jury, for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, ruled against Emulation and Verification Engineering S.A. and Synopsys Inc.Emulation and Verification Engineering S.A. EVE is now part of Synopsys.

It found that one Mentor patent -- U.S. Patent No. 6,240,376 -- was directly and indirectly infringed by Synopsys.

As part of the verdict Friday, the jury awarded damages of nearly $36 million and certain royalties to be paid to the Oregon-based Mentor, which deals in electronic design automation for electrical engineering and electronics.

Four other Mentor patents were dismissed from the case prior to the trial. The remaining patent -- the ‘376 patent -- relates to one feature of the EVE emulation product.

California-based Synopsys, which also makes electronic design automation software, said in a statement Saturday that it “intends to challenge” the ruling.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at patents@legalnewsline.com.

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