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$36 Million Award in Oregon Tech Trial

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A federal jury awarded $36 million to Oregon tech company Mentor Graphics in a years-old patent dispute with Synopsys over emulation technology.

Mentor Graphics, based in the Portland suburb of Wilsonville, develops electronic products.

Mentor first sued Synopsys, EVE-USA and Synopsys Emulation and Verification in 2006, alleging infringement of three patents dealing with digital circuit modeling. Those cases were dismissed.

Synopsys is based in Hillsboro, about 30 minutes west of Portland. Synopsys acquired EVE-USA in 2012.

A remaining patent infringement claim involved emulation systems that use flexible probes, called ZeBu-Server and ZeBu-Blade. That claim was tried before a jury.

The ZeBu technology is used for system-on-chip (SoC) verification, a microtechnology that integrates computer and electronic systems into a single chip.

Mentor claimed Synopsys infringed on its patents with the ZeBu technology, and sought lost profits and royalties.

After a nine-day trial, the jury found Friday that Synopsys' use and sale of the ZeBu technology infringed on Mentor's patents, induced infringement of the technology and contributed to it.

The jury found that Mentor should be awarded $36.4 million for Synopsys' infringement, and a 5 percent royalty payment amounting to $4.8 million in sales.

The case was tried before U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman.

On its website, Synopsys said it plans to appeal the jury award. The company noted that four of Mentor's patents were dismissed before trial.

Mentor was represented by a legal team from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Synopsys was represented by a team of lawyers from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Perkins Coie.

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