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Markzware Files Infringement Lawsuit Against Enfocus

Lawuit focuses upon PitStop Professional and PitStop Server.




Markzware has filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court in Los Angeles against Artwork Systems and Artwork Systems Group NV of Belgium as well as Artwork Systems' subsidiary, Enfocus Software of California. The lawsuit focuses upon two Enfocus software products: PitStop Professional and PitStop Server.

The lawsuit alleges that products manufactured and sold by the defendants infringe upon Markzware U.S. Patent No. 5,963,641 for a 'device and method for examining, verifying, correcting and approving electronic documents prior to printing, transmission or recording.' Markzware preflight products for digital documents include FlightCheck Professional, FlightCheck Designer, FlightCheck Studio, FlightCheck Workflow and FlightCheck Online. The complaint seeks monetary and injunctive relief from all three defendants.

'The preflighting described in the '641 patent and owned by Markzware, has been used without our consent. Accordingly, we plan to protect and defend our patent which is fundamental to our flagship product line, FlightCheck(r),' says Patrick Marchese, president of Markzware.

Artwork Systems Group N.V. says that it is investigating the claims made by Markzware, but says the lawsuit comes as a surprise because its products have been on the market for many years. 'Artwork Systems and Enfocus respect the intellectual property rights of third parties, and are currently conducting a full investigation into what appear to be unsupportable allegations made by Markzware. We do not expect this lawsuit to interfere in any way with Enfocus’ ability to continue offering and supporting its popular PDF preflighting products, now or in the future,' says Peter Denoo, Artwork Systems Group CEO.






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