QuadTech drops U.S. patent infringement lawsuit, continues suit against Q.I. Press Controls for deceptive advertising

Sussex, Wisconsin, USA—5 March, 2013—QuadTech, Inc. today announced that it has asked the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania) to dismiss one of the lawsuits it filed against Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), while at the same time continuing legal action on a separate deceptive advertising lawsuit.

“The lawsuit we intend to dismiss is a patent infringement claim that we originally filed in May of 2010,” says QuadTech president Karl Fritchen. “Two developments have driven us to make a business decision that the case against QIPC’s IDS system is no longer financially worth pursuing.

“First, our patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,412,577) for positioning the camera over a region of interest expired 18 months after we filed the suit.

“Second, QIPC has only recently begun to provide substantial responsive information in the case, and we have concluded that there has been only a single infringing sale in the U.S.—and none since the filing of the lawsuit, meaning that there are relatively minimal damages. With the patent now expired, and given the high cost of patent litigation and the complexities of this case, it is not financially reasonable for QuadTech to continue to pursue this litigation.“

In the false advertising lawsuit, QIPC concedes that it has never sold a single markless register control system anywhere in the world. The court recently ordered QIPC to produce evidence that the commercial markless register control system portrayed in its advertising ever existed in the first place. Accordingly, QuadTech is continuing to pursue its false advertising case against QIPC.

About BALDWIN | Vision Systems (formerly QuadTech)

BALDWIN’s Vision Systems division is the world’s leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. BALDWIN | Vision Systems sells its automated control systems in more than 100 countries to the packaging and converting markets, web offset newspaper and commercial markets, and publication gravure market. BALDWIN maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partner, the investment arm of multi-billion dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.


Craig Du Mez, BALDWIN | Vision Systems
Phone: +1 414 566 7500
Email: craig.dumez@quadtechworld.com

Clare Porter, Bespoke
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Email: quadtech@bespoke.co.uk