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austriamicrosystems files patent infringement lawsuit against Melexis

(PresseBox) (Unterpremstaetten, ) austriamicrosystems (SWX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit regarding magnetic encoder products against Melexis N.V. / SA (Belgium) and its German subsidiary Melexis GmbH, at the District Court (Landgericht) in Duesseldorf, Germany.

In its complaint austriamicrosystems AG asserts that the sale and distribution of products from Melexis' product family of magnetic encoders in Germany infringes European Patent EP 0 916 074 B1. The complaint seeks unspecified damages and a court ordered injunction against future infringement by Melexis.

austriamicrosystems is the worldwide leader in high resolution magnetic encoders, offering a broad range of magnetic rotary and linear encoders. Providing robust, contactless position measurement, austriamicrosystems' family of magnetic encoders are ideally suited for virtually countless applications in industrial, automotive and consumer electronics.

"Our leadership in magnetic encoders means more and more companies choose austriamicrosystems when it comes to high resolution position measurement," commented Bernd Gessner, Senior VP and General Manager of the Business Unit Automotive at austriamicrosystems. "Having spent a great amount of time and effort to develop our intellectual property (IP) in this area, we are now forced to take the steps necessary to protect our proprietary and inventive ideas."

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austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading standard and customized analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensing and mobile entertainment in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities.
austriamicrosystems is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS).