Muller Martini and Goss File Infringement Suits and Countersuits

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Muller Martini Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., announced it has filed two patent-infringement lawsuits against Goss International Corp., Bolingbrook, Ill., and Goss International Americas Inc., Dover, N.H.

Muller Martini Corp. and its sister company, Muller Martini Mailroom Systems Inc., Allentown, Pa., filed suit Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of a control system patent. Muller Martini said the machines involved in that case include the Goss Magnapak inserter and SP saddle stitchers, which it said it believes incorporate Muller Martini technology.

Specifically, Muller Martini sees infringement of its patented "Method for Optimizing the Production Output of an Apparatus Processing Flat Items."

Goss denies infringement and alleges that the Muller Martini patent is invalid and unenforceable. It seeks dismissal. In a counterclaim, Goss argues, among other things, that Muller Martini obtained its patent "through fraud" related to pertinent prior art and that Goss was injured as a result of Muller Martini's "anticompetitive conduct." It further asserts that Muller Martini infringed a Goss patent for a "Collator without a Main Line Drive Shaft." Goss asks that Muller Martini be prohibited from infringing the Goss patent and that it compensate Goss. …