Melexis Wins the Patent Nullity Court Case vs. austriamicrosystems at the Munich Federal Patent Court

Dec 16, 2010, 11:45 ET from Melexis

YPRES, Belgium, December 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On December 9, 2010, the Federal Patent Court in Munich (Germany), 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 1st 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 Dusseldorf on May 10 (1st instance) and against which Melexis has lodged an appeal with the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf.

SOURCE Melexis