One Settlement, Four Infringement Suits Pending for Goss

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While Goss International and Japanese competitor Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho carry on their contest well after Goss prevailed in its administrative and judicial efforts, Goss has settled one U.S. patent-infringement law suit, while two others are still headed toward trials. More recently, the press manufacturer headquartered in Bolingbrook, Ill., also filed suit against two press parts suppliers for copyright infringement.

Based on information that came to light during its suit, Goss has sought further government action against TKS and its U.S. sales and service subsidiary TKS (USA) Inc., and has sought the help of both U.S. senators from New Hampshire, where it has operations in Dover and Durham. See "New Hampshire Union Leader" story, August, 12.

At the same time, TKS is suing Goss and its Japanese subsidiary in Tokyo District Court, according to a Jiji Press report earlier this month. The action is taken under Japan's clawback legislation (E&P Online, June 28), which enables the press maker to seek recovery of damages and costs awarded Goss in its antidumping suit against TKS. It is the first case brought under the "Special Measures" or "Damages Recovery" law enacted by Japan in response to the suit brought by Goss under the since-repealed 1916 Antidumping Law, the penalties of which the World Trade Organization determined were in conflict with the terms of trade treaties to which the United States is bound.

Meanwhile, Goss has settled its suit against K&M Newspaper Services, Monroe, N.Y. and is pursuing other patent-infringement suits against another post-press equipment manufacturer, Muller Martini Mailroom Systems, and against German press maker MAN Roland.

The Muller Martini suit arose from allegations against GMA, Allentown, Pa., before that newspaper mailroom systems developer took its Swiss parent company's name. A suit against MAN Roland was first filed by Heidelberg Harris, the former U.S. unit of German press manufacturer Heidelberger. Later Heidelberg Web Systems, most of that U.S. business was acquired by Goss in 2004.

In Goss v. K&M, Goss alleged that the defendant's Titan G30 and G60 inserters infringed a patent, awarded to Heidelberg in 2000 and assigned to Goss, for a Variable Speed Signature Collating Apparatus -- shaftless servo-drive technology that Goss uses in its Magnapak packaging system. …