O2 MICRO 722 PATENT CASE AGAINST MPS

Date12-Feb-2007
O2Micro's 722 Patent Case Against MPS Will Head to Trial for Injunction

Monday February 12, 8:30 am ET

 

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Feb. 12, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- O2Micro(r) International Limited (NasdaqGS:OIIM - News) (HKSE:0457.HK - News), a leading supplier of innovative power management and security components and systems, announced that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued its claim construction order and summary judgment rulings in O2Micro's litigation involving Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (``MPS'').

Judge Wilken found that defendants provided no good cause to alter the previous claim constructions of the Court and Judge Ward. Judge Wilken also denied all MPS summary judgment challenges of non-infringement and invalidity of O2Micro's U.S. Patent Number 6,396,722 (the ``722 Patent'') including MPS' best mode challenge.

 

Judge Wilken rejected O2Micro's current damages claim in the case based on the 722 Patent but allowed O2Micro to continue to pursue permanent injunction against MPS products. O2Micro will continue to pursue damages in its other litigation involving the 722 Patent and other patents and will assess appeal possibilities at conclusion of trial.

 

Trial is currently scheduled to begin April 30, 2007.

 

About O2Micro

 

Founded in April 1995, O2Micro develops and markets innovative power management, and security components and systems for the Computer, Consumer, Industrial, and Communications markets. Products include Intelligent Lighting, Battery Management, Power Management, SmartCardBus(r) and Security products, such as VPN/Firewall system solutions. The company maintains offices worldwide. Additional company and product information can be found on the company website at http://www.o2micro.com.

 

O2Micro, the O2Micro logo, SmartCardBus, and combinations thereof are registered trademarks of O2Micro. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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Contact:

O2Micro

Mitchell Benus, Director of Investor Relations

408-332-1749

mitchell.benus@o2micro.com

 

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Source: O2Micro International Limited