National Graphics’ Patent (6,635,196 - Molded Articles Having a Surface Bearing a Lenticular Image) survived an Inter Partes Review (IPR) brought by Dynamic Drinkware of Oshkosh, WI, IPR2013-00131. The review of the Patent was initiated after National Graphics (NGI) started an infringement lawsuit (NGI v Brax, et all) asserting that Dynanic Drinkware was among four companies infringing at least one of NGI’s patents.
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ October 2014 edition, including Printing Industries Alliance, Hopkins Printing, Bookmasters, National Graphics (NGI), Dynamic Drinkware, Intelligencer and WebbMason.
DC Entertainment has joined forces with National Graphics, to produce the very first hi-definition, full-wrap, lenticular comic book cover. All 53 titles in DC Comics’ September “Villains Month” event will feature 3-D Motion covers. The entire back cover ad will also be in spectacular hi-def 3-D. It’s the first time this new, patented, ultra-thin lens technology has been used for a publication of any kind.
BROOKFIELD, WI—After recently completing almost four years of litigation over its intellectual property ownership, National Graphics (NGI) says it is taking steps to enforce its lenticular printing patents.
National Graphics was re-affirmed as the owner of over 20 patents in lenticular printing and related fields after winning a 12-member jury trial. “Our intention is to remind the industry of the existence of our intellectual property, and to license those companies that may potentially be infringing,” said Donald Krause, owner.
NOW IN its 24th year, the Printing Impressions 400 (special pull-out section) provides the industry’s most comprehensive ranking of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada. The listings include company name and headquarters location; parent company, if applicable; current and previous year’s rankings; most recent and previous year’s fiscal sales; percentage change; primary specialties; principal officer(s); and number of employees, manufacturing plants and total press units. (Download a PDF version of the entire listing by clicking here.) For information on the complete list with contact and address details, please view Printing Impressions Top 400 datacard. Financial information for the
ARIZONA PHOENIX—Panoramic Press, a 50-year-old firm specializing in high-end commercial printing, has added a five-color Mitsubishi Diamond 1000LS press with in-line coater. COLORADO DENVER—Two Kodak Trendsetter News 100 platesetters and workflow systems have a new home at the Denver Newspaper Agency for its commercial division to print commercial products, as well as the New York Times. DELAWARE DOVER—Independent Newspapers has incorporated an unusual configuration into its new five-high KBA Colora web press. The configuration combines the productivity of a double-width 4/2 press with the flexibility of a single-width press, resulting in runs with fewer webs and fewer operators. HAWAII WAILUKU—The Ogden Newspapers purchased a Trendsetter News 70 platesetter and Prinergy EVO
BITS AND PIECES Someone’s Looking Out For Fakes A recent edition of Bits & Pieces chronicled the latest printing technologies that have made counterfeiting U.S. money nearly impossible for anyone but the most sophisticated of thieves. But even with the bevy of bells and whistles meshed in as security features, I wondered just how many people—particularly minimum wagers in the retail sector—would be capable (or care enough) to root out any funny money trying to be passed off as genuine. Well, it’s time to put that cynicism to rest. A short while back, while lunching at one of Philly’s greasy spoons, I handed the
Missouri Publisher Making Headlines Jefferson City, MO—The News Tribune Co., publisher of dailies and weeklies in Missouri’s capital city, recently went on edition with its new MAN Roland UNISET 75. The press is the centerpiece of an all-new $14 million production facility. The News Tribune’s UNISET 75 is configured with four reel stands, 32 couples and a 2:3:3 folder. As it was activated, a 32-year-old Goss system was decommissioned. CALIFORNIA CITY OF INDUSTRY—Ultimate Paper Box has invested in a new six-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 3000LX sheetfed press with aqueous coater. FRESNO—Corporate Express Document & Print Management, based in Omaha, NE, has signed a lease for 110,500 square