Harlequin-EFI Battle In Court
"In our opinion, EFI has embarked on a public campaign to smear Harlequin's products with the taint of infringement when EFI knows that it has no basis for its claims," states Johan Volckaerts, chairman of Harlequin.
"EFI is clearly trying to frighten our customers and materially damage our business reputation. EFI's allegations are completely unfounded, and we are particularly disturbed by EFI's threats to abuse the court's rules and attempt to drag our customers into its lawsuit," he says.
In addition to commenting on the grounds for Harlequin's suit, Volckaerts confirmed that Harlequin has intensified its investigation into prior art and believes Harlequin will be able to successfully claim that at least two of the three EFI patents should be invalidated.
"With only two years remaining on the 'Schreiber patent,' which is the core of EFI's intellectual property, EFI clearly is concerned about maintaining the validity of its other patents," he adds. "In light of EFI's recent actions against Harlequin's customers, it is our opinion that EFI is accelerating its attempts to uphold its patents at any cost, even when it knows that the claims are unfounded." Volckaerts vows that "Harlequin will continue to fully support its products, protect its OEM customers and vigorously defend its rights in this litigation."
"The Federal Court in San Francisco has already addressed the issues raised in Harlequin's Boston lawsuit and press release," Etheridge contends. "We believe that the suit will either be thrown out or transferred to the court in San Francisco."