SAWGRASS TECHNOLOGIES FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT ACTION
Sublimation Technology Developer Protects Intellectual Property from Texas Original Graphics
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, – June 17, 2005 – Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. announced today it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Texas Original Graphics in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. The action alleges that the defendants engaged in conduct involving liquid sublimation inks and ink jet printing processes that infringes upon United States patent No. 5,488,907 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 at Sawgrass stated, “We will continue to protect our intellectual property rights against any company that wants to unlawfully profit on Sawgrass technology. The millions invested in our technologies are protected by many U.S. and international patents and the court system has already enforced these rights in the past. We hope to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”
This action follows similar patent infringement actions by Sawgrass against Cashen Marketing dba SubliKing brand inks, Wholesale Inks dba ColorStar inks and Tropical Graphics, which were all resolved favorably to Sawgrass. In the Tropical Graphics litigation, the district court agreed with Sawgrass on its construction of the claims in the patent, throwing out a fundamental challenge that had been asserted against the validity of the patent. Previous to these cases, Sawgrass initiated patent infringement proceedings against BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, which concluded in a comprehensive settlement in which BASF licensed products under the Sawgrass patents.
The lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages in addition to injunctive relief.
About Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.
Sawgrass Technologies is the industry leader in the development of state-of-the-art sublimation printing technologies. Sawgrass combines leading-edge digital inks with advanced color management software for high-quality color printing of personalized and customized images onto a wide variety of surfaces. For more information, visit www.sawgrassink.com .
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