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VIM Banned in Germany

November 16, 2010  By

According to a statement from Presstek Inc., the Higher Court Dusseldorf, Germany, has upheld a Regional Court decision finding Israeli manufacturer VIM Technologies in violation of Presstek’s German patent (No. DE 693 29 365 T2).

As such, the Court has ordered VIM and defendant Reinsch Handel to immediately cease and desist from selling any of the infringing VIM products in Germany. VIM has also been ordered to provide to Presstek detailed information on all sales of the infringing products in Germany for a 6-year period.

The technology at issue between the two companies, for several years now, involve the VIM DP-R28 and DP-R36 lithographic printing plates. In a separate proceeding, the Patent Court in Munich Germany has found that the patent that Presstek has asserted against VIM in the infringement case to be valid and enforceable.

According to Presstek, the judgments of the Higher Court Dusseldorf and the Patent Court are final, as the time to file appeals has expired. Presstek continues to state it plans to pursue the enforcement of its patents against other distributors of VIM products throughout Europe where distributors are selling VIM products in violation of Presstek’s patent rights.

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