XEROX FILES PATENT LAWSUIT !

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XEROX FILES PATENT LAWSUIT !

 user 2006-06-28 at 10:51:00 am Views: 65
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    Xerox files patent lawsuit
    It accuses N.J. competitor of violations involving solid ink
    (June
    2006) – Xerox Corp. has sued a New Jersey company, accusing it of
    violating patents protecting Xerox’s solid ink technology.The suit,
    filed in U.S. District Court in New York, claims that Media Sciences, a
    maker of printing supplies and equipment, violated four Xerox patents
    by introducing solid ink products that too closely resemble the shapes
    of Xerox products. The four patents in question cover solid ink for two
    of Xerox’s popular Phaser printers.The suit seeks unspecified damages
    and asks the court to stop Media Sciences from selling the
    products.Rochester’s fourth-largest employer has said it has high hopes
    for solid ink, which it says could boost sales in the highly
    competitive office printer market. Xerox says the technology is cheaper
    and offers better print quality than competing methods. It also is more
    environmentally friendly, because it comes in cubes that melt away,
    leaving no cartridges to go into landfills, the company says.In 1999,
    Xerox spent $950 million to acquire the color printing division of
    Tektronix, the Oregon company that developed solid ink.”We continue to
    serve notice that Xerox will undertake whatever is needed to protect
    its valuable intellectual property from unauthorized use and
    infringement,” said Xerox spokesman Bill McKee. “We cannot speculate on
    the outcome. However we expect that the courts will agree that Media
    Sciences has infringed upon Xerox intellectual property and will force
    it to stop manufacturing its solid ink sticks for the Phaser 8500/8550.”
    Media
    Sciences said it hasn’t infringed on the patents and will fight the
    suit.”Media Sciences has competed with Xerox in this market for nearly
    a decade, and we are disappointed that Xerox has moved this competition
    from the marketplace into the courtroom,” said Michael Levin, Media
    Sciences’ chief executive and president, in a statement.