JEFFERSON CITY, MO—In a bid to reduce costs, the Missouri Department of Revenue this week began sending out motor vehicle registration renewal notices that include advertisements in exchange for the forms being printed at no cost to the state. This “transpromo” (transactional-promotional) program is the result of a new public-private partnership between the department and Imagitas Inc., based in Waltham, MA. Revenue generated by the advertisements will offset Imagitas’ costs to print the notices and the state also is to get a share of the revenues generated by motorists responding to the ads. According to the department’s director, strict guidelines have been put in
BOSTON—As the new year began, the war of words between Waltham, MA-based Harlequin and Foster City, CA-based Electronics for Imaging (EFI), heated up. On the same day that Harlequin filed a lawsuit in United States District Court here claiming that EFI has violated a federal law that governs false advertising, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco ruled in EFI's favor in its patent infringement lawsuit against Harlequin. The San Francisco court ruled for EFI on all 17 issues raised by Harlequin. EFI officials say the San Francisco court's rulings pave the way for EFI to fully press its infringement case against Harlequin.