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TEXAS ORIGINAL GRAPHICS FILES DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AGAINST SAWGRASS TECHNOLOGIES

Irving, TX, June 17, 2005 – Texas Original Graphics, Inc. announced that it has filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Sawgrass Technologies of Mount Pleasant, SC.  In accordance with 28 U.S.C.  §§ 2201 and 2202 and the Patent Act, Texas Original Graphics, “TOG”, seeks a declaratory judgment that 7 of Sawgrass’s patents are, at a minimum, either invalid under one or more provisions of 35 U.S.C. §§ 102, 103, and 112, unenforceable due to inequitable conduct, or not infringed by TOG.

Beginning in 1989, TOG sold commercially viable sublimation ink that had emulsifying enforcing agents, dispersants, surfactants, and solid dye particles that were suspended in a water-based formulation.  These inks were sold for the use in a piezo inkjet printer.  The ink formulation was passed through the orifice of the inkjet printer onto paper.  This became a sublimation transfer that could be applied to a polymer base substrate through the use of a heat transfer machine.  TOG’s inks were utilized in computer portrait systems that were used to print t-shirts, coffee mugs, metal plate, puzzles, calendars, and baseball caps. 

TOG was sent a Cease and Desist letter by Sawgrass Technologies, and as a response TOG exercised its rights by filing a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment as to the Sawgrass patents.

TOG filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.

 

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