Update on Patent Litigation CaseSource: RNS
8 March 2021
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Micro Focus International plc
Update on Patent Litigation Case
The Board of Micro Focus International plc ("Micro Focus" or the "Company") issues an update regarding the Company's ongoing patent litigation with Wapp Tech Limited Partnership and Wapp Tech Corp (collectively "Wapp").
As previously disclosed, on 2 July 2018, Wapp brought a claim against Micro Focus in the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the Company of infringing claims of three patents in connection with Micro Focus' manufacture and sale of certain products in the ADM product line, including LoadRunner and Performance Center.
On 5 March 2021, the jury in the case has now delivered a verdict in favour of the claimant and awarded damages totalling $172.5 million. The matter is awaiting the judge to hand down his judgement and the judge has discretion to increase the total damages awarded.
Micro Focus has received comprehensive and clear advice from its external counsel that it has a very strong case to appeal both the infringement verdict and the amount of the damages. Accordingly, Micro Focus intends to appeal any judgement resulting from the verdict. Micro Focus continues to contend that there has been no infringement of any intellectual property and its advice from external counsel continues to support this.
The Board will issue a further statement if and when appropriate.
Micro Focus Tel: +44 (0)1635 32646
Stephen Murdoch, CEO Investors@microfocus.com
Brian McArthur-Muscroft, CFO
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Sarah West MicroFocus@brunswickgroup.com
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