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Federal Court Halts VIM Sales Over Patent Infringement Claim

April 2009
GREENWICH, CT—April 15, 2009—Presstek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of digital offset printing solutions, today announced that a United States District Court has issued a permanent injunction barring a U.S. based distributor from selling, distributing, soliciting, advertising and servicing printing plates manufactured by VIM Technologies, Ltd. The injunction was ordered as a result of a patent infringement claim initiated by Presstek, Inc. the owner of the patented technology, and is the result of a settlement.
 
The injunction, entered by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire on March 30, 2009, brings to a successful conclusion one of several patent infringement claims initiated by Presstek in various jurisdictions against VIM Technologies, Ltd., an Israeli-based manufacturer, and its distributors. This is the second Order that Presstek has obtained against a U.S. distributor barring the sale of VIM printing plates.  Presstek also has patent infringement claims pending against VIM and against several other VIM distributors, including Spicers Paper, Inc., Recognition Systems, Inc., Guaranteed Service & Supplies, Inc., and AteCe Canada.
 
In commenting on the recent injunction Presstek’s General Counsel, James R. Van Horn said, “We have aggressively pursued these actions against VIM and its distributors to protect Presstek’s valuable patented technology.  Our objective is to end the unlawful sale and use of the infringing VIM products and to recover damages from the manufacturers, distributors and, in some cases, the end-users of these products.”
 
The injunction was entered in the case of Presstek, Inc. v. Joseph Musgrave and Prograf Digital Service, Inc., in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Civil Action No. 1:08-cv-00512-JM.
 
About Presstek
Presstek, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high tech digital imaging solutions to the graphic arts and laser imaging markets. Presstek’s patented DI®, CTP and plate products provide a streamlined workflow in a chemistry-free environment, thereby reducing printing cycle time and lowering production costs. Presstek solutions are designed to make it easier for printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high-quality, shorter print runs and faster turnaround while providing improved profit margins. Presstek subsidiary, Lasertel, Inc., manufactures semiconductor laser diodes for Presstek’s and external customers’ applications. For more information visit www.presstek.com, or call 603-595-7000 x 3599 or email: info@presstek.com.
 

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