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Fujifilm wins patent legal battle

Fujifilm has successfully won a legal battle over patent infringements of its Speciality Ink Systems.

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Fujifilm wins Speciality Ink Systems patent battle

A legal suit was filed against Nazdar and its German distributor Zaro in 2017 before the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Fujifilm claimed that Nazdar had infringed its UV ink patents in Germany by offering its 702 and 703 Series UV inkjet inks and declaring them to be chemically compatible with the original inks designed for Fujifilm’s Acuity range of flatbed UV printers.

Nazdar contested the infringement but did, in reaction to Fujifilm’s Speciality Ink Systems’ (FSIS) claims, change the chemical composition of its UV inkjet inks.

Despite the rebranding, the firm continued to market the UV inkjet inks as 702 and 703 Series and did not indicate to customers the change in chemical composition.

This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of infringing our intellectual property

As a result of the Regional Court in Dusseldorf’s judgements, the infringement has been confirmed. The court injuncted Nazdar and Zaro from offering, bringing to market and any further use of patent infringing UV inkjet jets. The firm has also been sentenced to pay damages and render account.

Commenting, research and development director at Fujifilm Speciality Inks Systems, Rob Fassam says: “This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of infringing our intellectual property. We will continue to protect our environment by filing patents that cover our technology and we will take appropriate action against those who infringe.

“I am delighted that the Regional Court of Dusseldorf has ruled in our favour. We invest significant time and resource developing new and exciting technology that benefits the inkjet industry,” adds Fassam.

Nazdar and Zaro have filed appeals against the judgements and an appeal hearing is due to take place on November 7th, 2019.

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