The German Federal Supreme Court indicated that in its forthcoming written decision, a German patent of Quad’s competitor Zevatech (German patent DE 33 40 084) will be nullified. Additionally, the Court indicated that it would further restrict the claims of one ofZevatech AG’s European patents (patent EP0144717). These two patents relate to a patent in-fringement suit that was initiated by Zevatech in the German District Court in 1996.Zevatech claimed in the infringement suit that certain patented technology was infringed by Quad’s component alignment system.
After Zevatech’s patent suit in the German District Court began, Quad’s invalidity suitin the Patent Court partially supported certain aspects of Quad’s position, while still upholding certain claims of the patents. Subsequently, Quad appealed the Patent Court’s decision to the German Federal Supreme Court, contending that the two patents and all of their claims were null and void or should be further restricted.