Power Integrations Announces Enforcement of ITC Order Against LCD Monitor Vendor

January 28, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan 28, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage analog integrated circuits for power conversion, today announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a seizure and forfeiture order against Envision Peripherals Inc., a Fremont, California-based vendor of LCD monitors. The order was issued after the U.S. Customs Service stopped an attempt by Envision to import LCD monitors subject to an exclusion order issued by the ITC in August 2006.

The exclusion order prohibits the importation into the U.S. of certain power-supply controller chips manufactured by System General Corp. (now a subsidiary of Fairchild Semiconductor) and downstream products incorporating such controller chips. The excluded controller chips were found to infringe two Power Integrations patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,351,398 and 6,538,908, in violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

The seizure and forfeiture order issued by the ITC instructs the Customs Service that any further products imported by Envision that are found to contain the infringing power-supply controller chips shall be seized by Customs and forfeited to the United States. It is Power Integrations' understanding that any such products would be destroyed by Customs.

"We are gratified that U.S. Customs has diligently enforced the ITC exclusion order by intercepting infringing products coming into the U.S. market," said Clifford Walker, vice president of corporate development for Power Integrations. "Our patents and intellectual property are important assets, the rights to which have been upheld repeatedly in actions before the ITC and the courts. We trust that the example of this enforcement action will deter other potential infringers in the future."

About Power Integrations

Power Integrations, Inc. is the leading supplier of high-voltage analog integrated circuits used in power conversion. The company's breakthrough technology enables compact, energy-efficient power supplies in a wide range of electronic products, in both AC-DC and DC-DC applications. The company's EcoSmart(r) energy-efficiency technology, which dramatically reduces energy waste, has saved consumers and businesses around the world more than an estimated $2.6 billion on their electricity bills since its introduction in 1998. For more information, visit the company's website at www.powerint.com.

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SOURCE: Power Integrations

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