Mentor Graphics Corporation

O’Melveny won a jury verdict on behalf of Mentor Graphics, a maker of electronic design automation software and hardware, in a long-running patent dispute with Synopsys, Inc.  The patent in question was invented by a former Mentor Graphics employee who left to found Emulation and Verification Engineering S.A., which was later acquired by Synopsys.  After a nine-day trial in Oregon federal court, it took the jury less than four hours of deliberation to find infringement of all asserted claims and award our client US$36 million in damages plus royalties.  Following the jury verdict, our team additionally secured a permanent injunction against the defendants.