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German court confirms decision:
Q I Press Controls infringes QuadTech patent

QuadTech, the worldwide leader and innovator of press control technology, has won an appeal upholding its injunction against Q I Press Controls (QIPC) for infringing QuadTech’s German patent covering register control technology. The Court of Appeals released its decision on December 29, 2008, upholding the decision that QIPC may not market or otherwise sell its mRC (register control system) in Germany. QIPC has accepted this judgment by the Court.

QuadTech’s rights in the German part of European patent EP 0-598-490 on register control technology date back to 1992. The company holds patents for the same technology in a number of countries, including the United States. According to company president Karl Fritchen, QuadTech sought the injunction to prevent unauth-orised use of technology that QuadTech has invested substantial time and money to develop and protect. “We are extremely pleased that the Court of Appeals ruled in our favour, agreeing that Q I Press Controls was infringing our intellectual property,” he said.

Headquartered in Sussex, WI, USA, QuadTech—a subsidiary of Quad/Graphics, the largest privately held printer in the Western Hemisphere—maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, including facilities strategically located throughout Europe, in India, Japan, China, North and South America, and Singapore. The company recently acquired Vigitek, a leading designer and manufacturer of 100 percent print inspection technology.

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