QuadTech Alleges Q.I. Press Controls Infringes German Patent

By: E&P Staff

Press-control developer QuadTech in Sussex, Wisc., was granted a preliminary injunction against Netherlands-based Q.I. Press Controls for infringing QuadTech’s German patent covering markless register control technology.

Last month, shortly after the conclusion of the quadrennial Drupa print-technology trade show, Duesseldorf district court preliminarily enjoined Q.I. Press Controls from selling or marketing its markless register control system in Germany.

QuadTech said its rights in the German part of European patent on markless register control technology date back to 1992, and that it holds patents for the same technology in other countries.

“To the extent that others infringe QuadTech’s intellectual property, we will evaluate those instances on a case-by-case basis and act accordingly to protect our rights and the innovative products we bring to the marketplace,” QuadTech President Karl Fritchen said in a statement.

Gerald Ferron, managing director of Q.I. Press Controls’ Kingstown, R.I., office, did not reply to a telephone message requesting comment on the infringement allegation, possible appeal of the injunction, and the effect, if any, on U.S. business.

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