SOURCE: Presstek, Inc.

Presstek, Inc.

December 01, 2009 12:40 ET

VIM Technologies Printing Plates Banned From United States

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) -


--  International Trade Commission bans the importation and sale of
    infringing VIM products
--  Commission rules that VIM printing plates infringe valid Presstek
    patents and that VIM is in violation of federal law
--  Spicer's Paper and other VIM distributors banned from importing and
    selling illegal products
    

Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading manufacturer and marketer of digital offset printing business solutions, today announced that the International Trade Commission ("ITC") has ruled that VIM Technologies, Ltd. has violated the United States Tariff Act of 1930 by importing into the United States printing plates that illegally infringe the patents owned by Presstek. In its November 30, 2009 ruling, the ITC affirmed the prior decision of Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea, who ruled that Presstek's patents for its printing plate technology are valid and enforceable and that VIM has been infringing Presstek's legally protected rights by importing and selling VIM's illegally infringing plates in the United States.

The ITC confirmed Judge Gildea's finding that VIM is in violation of the Presstek patents. Judge Gildea also found that VIM continued to manufacture and sell its infringing products despite knowing, as early as 2004, that the products might infringe Presstek's patent rights. The ITC ordered that VIM's manufacturing partner, Hanita Coatings RCA, Ltd. and the other respondents to the ITC proceeding, including Spicer's Paper, Inc., Guaranteed Service and Supplies, Inc., Recognition Systems, Inc. and AteCe Canada are banned from importing and selling the infringing VIM products in the United States.

The ruling by the ITC represents another victory by Presstek in its patent infringement battle with VIM. In April 2009, the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany found Presstek's European patents to be infringed by VIM. The court ordered VIM, the German distributor Reinsch Handel and the owner of the distributor, Andreas Reinsch, to cease all sales of infringing VIM printing plates. The German court ruled that VIM is liable to Presstek for damages, including damages relating to all VIM plate sales in Germany dating back to 2003. VIM has appealed this decision, but Presstek expects to prevail on appeal.

In commenting on the ITC ruling, James R. Van Horn, Presstek's General Counsel said, "VIM Technologies has been intentionally and illegally pirating Presstek's technology for years. We now have rulings in the United States and Europe declaring VIM's products to be illegitimate. With VIM effectively precluded from the U.S. market as a result of this ruling and their U.S. distributors banned from importing and selling the infringing products, Presstek can now focus its full attention to serving the needs of all customers for its patented printing plate technology."

The ITC ruling is subject to a required 60-day Presidential review period, after which it is expected to become final.

About Presstek

Presstek, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high tech digital imaging solutions to the graphic arts and laser imaging markets. Presstek's patented DI®, CTP and plate products provide a streamlined workflow in a chemistry-free environment, thereby reducing printing cycle time and lowering production costs. Presstek solutions are designed to make it easier for printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high-quality, shorter print runs and faster turnaround while providing improved profit margins. Presstek subsidiary, Lasertel, Inc., manufactures semiconductor laser diodes for Presstek's and external customers' applications. For more information visit www.presstek.com, or call 603-595-7000 or email: info@presstek.com.

DI is a registered trademark of Presstek, Inc.

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