QuadTech Obtains Injunction Against Q.I. Press Controls for Infringing Patent Covering Markless Register Control
SUSSEX, WI—July 7, 2008—QuadTech, the worldwide leader and innovator of press control technology, has been granted a preliminary injunction against Q.I. Press Controls for infringing QuadTech’s German patent covering markless register control technology. In an urgency proceeding, the Düsseldorf district court released its decision on June 17, 2008, deciding that Q.I. Press Controls cannot market or otherwise sell its markless register control system (mRC) in Germany. QuadTech’s wholly-owned subsidiary Quad/Tech Europe, Inc. executed the Court’s judgment against Q.I Press Controls after receiving the preliminary injunction in writing. The injunction will go into effect immediately even though Q.I. Press Controls may appeal this decision.
QuadTech’s rights in the German part of European patent EP 0-598-490 on markless register control technology date back to 1992. The company holds patents for the same technology in a number of countries.
According to company President Karl Fritchen, QuadTech sought the preliminary injunction to prevent unauthorized use of technology that QuadTech has invested substantial time and money to develop and protect. “To the extent that others infringe QuadTech’s intellectual property, we will evaluate those instances on a case-by-case basis and act accordingly to protect our rights and the innovative products we bring to the marketplace,” he said.
Founded in 1979, QuadTech (www.quadtechworld.com) sells its automated auxiliary control systems in more than 100 countries to the web offset newspaper and commercial markets, packaging market and gravure publication market. Headquartered in Sussex, WI, USA, QuadTech maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, including facilities strategically located throughout Europe, and in Japan, China, Singapore, India, and North and South America. QuadTech is proud to be registered ISO 9001:2000 DNV. The company recently acquired Vigitek, a leading designer and manufacturer of 100 percent print inspection technology. QuadTech is a subsidiary of Quad/Graphics, the largest privately held printer in the Western Hemisphere.