On 18 May 2010, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, which is competent to rule on patent infringement but not on patent validity, issued a first determination in favour of Austriamicrosystems, a manufacturer of integrated circuits, in the patent-infringement lawsuit against Melexis.
This ruling applies to the sales of the Melexis part number MLX90316 in Germany.
Melexis will review the grounds for the judgement and will lodge an appeal against it with the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf.
Melexis remains confident that this claim will demonstrate prior art and thus will invalidate the Austriamicrosystems patent.
The Federal Patent Court has scheduled a hearing on this nullity action for December 2010.