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Two of three lawsuits against Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) dismissed, at QuadTech’s request

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

QuadTech’s goals accomplished, says Karl Fritchen

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA – At QuadTech’s request, the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania) has dismissed charges and counter-charges in two ongoing cases between QuadTech and QIPC. The cases have been in court in the United States since 2009.

“QuadTech filed these cases to prevent QIPC from selling and advertising its mRC markless and IDS systems in the United States because they infringed on our patents and we felt QIPC’s advertisements were misleading,” said QuadTech President Karl Fritchen. “No infringing mRC sales have occurred anywhere since we filed suit, and QIPC ceased its deceptive advertising. The patent at issue also recently expired, with only a single infringing IDS sale having occurred—over five years ago.

“With so little at stake any longer, it simply made no economic sense to keep litigating,” Fritchen explained. “So we asked the Court to dismiss both our claims and QIPC’s counter-claims, and the Court agreed with us. In the process, QIPC forfeited whatever right it may have had to argue that QuadTech's infringement and false advertising claims were incorrect.”

There is still one pending patent case against QIPC’s Intelligent Density System (IDS) that is not yet resolved. That case was temporarily put on hold while QIPC asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to declare it invalid. QIPC’s strategy failed, as the PTO recently rejected QIPC’s arguments, and ruled that QuadTech’s patent is indeed valid and enforceable against QIPC.  QuadTech expects that the reexamination process will end soon, and the remaining patent infringement litigation against QIPC will resume. 


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