austriamicrosystems AG (austriamicrosystems), a manufacturer of analog ICs, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Melexis N.V./SA (Melexis) and its subsidiary Melexis GmbH, at the District Court in Duesseldorf, Germany. The patent infringement is regarding magnetic encoder products. In its complaint, the company 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.

Our leadership in magnetic encoders means more and more companies choose austriamicrosystems when it comes to high resolution position measurement, commented Bernd Gessner, senior vice president 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.