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SAWGRASS TECHNOLOGIES WINS EUROPEAN PATENT REVIEW
CHARLESTON, SC, USA– October 12, 2006 –Sawgrass Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of digital ink technologies, announced today the European Patent Office (EPO) has upheld a core Sawgrass sublimation technology patent. The EPO conducted a thorough review of Sawgrass Patent No. 0778798B1, involving liquid sublimation inks and ink jet printing processes for high quality transfer printing applications utilizing inkjet printers and found no basis for changing the scope of the patent.
"The EPO review was exhaustive, and its decision is a clear victory for our customers and the technological value we bring to them," said Nathan Hale, Sawgrass founder and CEO. "We will now focus on expanding our sublimation solutions throughout Europe, where we are experiencing rapid growth with our SubliJet, ArTainium, and Rotech brands, for both desktop and large format printers." Sawgrass also will promote in Europe its newest innovations in digital ink technologies, including ChromaBlast™ and NaturaLink™.
Sawgrass has registered patents in the United States and around the world. "In similar disputes regarding the validity of Sawgrass patents, courts have continuously ruled in favor of Sawgrass intellectual property rights," added Hale. "Our commitment to growing the sublimation market in Europe is strong, and we invite interested companies to consider licensing Sawgrass technology. Working together, we can bring the best possible solutions to customers throughout Europe."
About Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.
Sawgrass Technologies is the industry leader in the development of state-of-the-art digital printing technologies. Mass customization becomes a reality through platform-proven solutions provided by Sawgrass Technologies and its subsidiary, Sawgrass Europe. The Sawgrass family of brands, including ChromaBlast™ NaturaLink™, SubliJet®, Rotech™ and ArTainium™, enable customers to harness the power of digital printing and leave their mark by enhancing and simplifying their ability to create, manage and deliver visually rich products. For more information, visitwww.sawgrassink.com.
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