*NEWS*MEDIA SCIENCES:LITIGATION BY XEROX

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*NEWS*MEDIA SCIENCES:LITIGATION BY XEROX

 user 2006-06-30 at 12:01:00 pm Views: 63
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    Media Sciences Advises of Litigation By Xerox
    OAKLAND,
    N.J., June 06/ — Media Sciences International, Inc. , the leading
    independent manufacturer of office color printer supplies, today
    reported that Xerox Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit in
    the Southern District of New York (U.S. District Court filing
    06CV4872), alleging that Media Sciences’ solid inks designed for use in
    the Xerox(R) Phaser(R) 8500 and 8550 printers infringe four Xerox-held
    patents. The four patents referenced in the suit are related to the
    shape of the ink sticks.Media Sciences believes its inks do not
    infringe any valid U.S. patents. The Company has a strict policy of
    respecting the intellectual property of others. The Company intends to
    vigorously defend these allegations of infringement. All Media
    Sciences’ products reflect this dedication to intellectual property
    sensitivity as part of the Company’s Science of Color(TM) commitment to
    deliver affordable, high quality, non-infringing, warranty-protected
    products to its customers.Further, Media Sciences considers Xerox’s
    conduct a violation of a 2001 Settlement Agreement between the two
    companies. The Agreement settled litigation between the parties, which
    Media Sciences initiated in 1999. The Company is evaluating all of its
    legal options, including possible counterclaims.The Company has
    previously stated that, as a result of new color toner products and
    current sales trends of existing products, it expects the growth of
    color toner cartridge sales to continue to outpace that of solid ink
    sales in fiscal 2006, and advises the same for fiscal 2007. Eight of
    the ten new product lines released by the Company in fiscal year 2006
    were in the color toner category. The Media Sciences products related
    to the suit were introduced in December 2005 and represent less than
    10% of the Company’s fiscal 2006 revenue.”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 W. Levin, President and CEO of Media Sciences.
    “We are also surprised that Xerox has not honored its commitments
    embodied in the 2001 Settlement Agreement.”Mr. Levin continued, “Media
    Sciences is prepared to respond while also continuing our aggressive
    plans for continued growth. Our longstanding commitment to delivering
    quality, value, and a choice to color printer users remains firm. Our
    customers and end users can continue to expect from Media Sciences a
    complete portfolio of newly manufactured, warranty-protected, color
    printer supplies, including our products for use in the Xerox Phaser
    8500 and 8550 printers, all of which deliver a high-quality, lower cost
    alternative to the printer manufacturer’s brand.”The suit seeks
    unspecified damages, injunctive relief, and fees. The outcome of this
    litigation may have a material adverse effect on the Company.About
    Media Sciences International, Inc. : Media Sciences International, Inc.
    , the leading independent manufacturer of solid ink and color toner
    cartridges for office color printers, has a strong reputation for being
    the informed customer’s choice. As the premium quality price
    alternative to the printer manufacturer’s brand, Media Sciences’ newly
    manufactured color toner and solid ink products for use in Xerox(R),
    Tektronix(R), OKI(R), Ricoh(R), Konica-Minolta/Minolta-QMS(R),
    Epson(R), and Brother(R) office color printers deliver up to and over
    30% in savings when compared to the printer manufacturer’s brand.
    Behind every Media Sciences product is The Science of Color(TM)-the
    company’s proprietary process for delivering the very best quality at
    the very best price, including its commitment to exceptional, highly
    responsive technical support and its longstanding, industry-leading
    warranty. With the Company’s groundbreaking INKlusive(TM) FREE Color
    Printer Program (http://www.inklusive.com/), printer users buy the
    supplies, and get the printer for free.