Tech-ni-Fold Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against F. P. Rosback Co., based in St. Joseph, MI. Tech-ni-Fold's complaint states that Rosback's TrueScore-Pro products infringe Tech-ni-Fold's US Patent No. 6,572,519.
Tech-ni-Fold has prevented a third U.S. company from continuing to sell a device that Tech-ni-Fold believes infringes upon its Tri-Creaser patents. As a result, Rosback Co. of St. Joseph, MI, will be discontinuing the current design of its TrueScore-Pro and TrueScore-Pro Quad products.
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