02 MICRO INTERNATIONAL OBTAINS INJUNCTION AND JUDGEMENT
|O2Micro Obtains Injunction and Judgment Against BiTek, SPI, FSP Group and Lien Chang|
Monday March 26, 8:30 am ET
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, March 26, 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 today that judgment has been entered and permanent injunction granted in its lawsuit against Beyond Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. (``BiTek''), SPI Electronic Co., Ltd., FSP Group, and Lien Chang Electronic Enterprise Co., Ltd. in the United States District Court in Marshall, Texas, following trial in May 2006.
In a memorandum and order entered on March 21, 2007, the Court entered judgment against the defendants for willfully inducing the infringement of asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,259,615, 6,396,722 and 6,804,129. The court also granted a permanent injunction preventing defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and those persons acting in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of the order by personal service or otherwise from manufacturing, using, selling, offering to sell or importing into the United States any inverter controllers or modules that infringe those claims including but not limited to inverter controllers having model numbers BIT3105, BIT3106, BIT3107, BIT3193 or belonging to those same families or any colorable imitation of the inverter modules and/or inverter controllers that infringe and from otherwise infringing or inducing others to infringe for the life of the aforesaid patents.
The defendants were further ordered to label prominently their respective inverter controller or module products covered by the order and their accompanying product literature ``Not for Sale in, Use in, or Importation into the United States.'' O2Micro expects that the defendants will file further post-trial motions with the Court challenging the judgment and injunction. The defendants may also appeal the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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.
O2Micro International maintains an extensive portfolio of intellectual property with 6,791 patent claims granted, and over 8,000 more pending. 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.
Statements made in this release that are not historical, including statements regarding O2Micro's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties such as reduced demand for products of electronic equipment manufacturers which include O2Micro's products due to adverse economic conditions in general or specifically affecting O2Micro's markets, technical difficulties and delays in the developments process, and errors in the products. You are also referred to the Form F-1 in connection with the company's initial public offering in August 2000, Form F-3 in connection with the company's public offering in November 2001, and the annual reports on Form 20-F, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Mitchell Benus, Director of Investor Relations
Source: O2Micro International Limited