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SAWGRASS TECHNOLOGIES FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT ACTION AGAINST CASHEN MARKETING

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, December 14, 2004 - Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cashen Marketing, Inc of Metairie, Louisiana. The action alleges that Cashen Marketing is selling a product under the trade name “Subli King Inks” using liquid sublimation ink that infringes on a United States patent issued to Sawgrass. This patent, along with several others, was awarded to Sawgrass for innovations in adapting sublimation inks for high quality transfer printing applications utilizing inkjet printers.

Nathan Hale, Founder and CEO stated, "Everyone in the industry knows that Sawgrass pioneered this technology and as a result we have been awarded numerous U.S. and International patents. Sawgrass has invested more than $10 million developing the technology and another $10 million to provide software and vertical market solutions to commercialize the technology". He further stated, " We intend to protect our intellectual property rights and aggressively pursue all companies that willfully infringe on our technology."

Sawgrass filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Columbia Division. The suit seeks a permanent injunction barring Cashen Marketing and all others acting in concert with them from the sale of their infringing ink and from engaging in unfair business practices.

This action follows a similar step taken by Sawgrass against BASF, the world's leading chemical company, which concluded recently in a comprehensive settlement of patent litigation in which BASF licensed products under the Sawgrass patents. Sawgrass also engaged Tropical Graphics, Inc. in patent litigation which concluded with favorable Markman ruling further validating Sawgrass’ patent position. A subsequent settlement was reached under undisclosed terms.

The lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages in addition to injunctive relief.

 

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