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Printing Industries of America Goes to Bat for Companies Targeted by Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Innovations

As reported here, CTP Innovations recently filed patent infringement lawsuits against nine commercial printing companies.  As alluded to in our prior post, the Printing Industries of America ("PIA"), a nonprofit trade association representing the printing and graphic arts industry, issued a notice denouncing the CTP actions and vowing to form a strategy to protect its targeted members.

True to its word, on July 29, 2013 and August 2, 2013, PIA filed Petitions for Inter Partes Review asking the PTO to invalidate all of the claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,611,349 and 6,738,155, respectively.  Soon thereafter, joint or unopposed motions to stay litigation were filed in eight of the nine cases.[1]  In the majority of the motions, the defendants asked the Court to stay the case as to all matters, deadlines, and discovery pending reexamination of the '349 Patent and the '155 Patent, including any appeals.  CTP did not oppose a stay, but disagreed that the cases should be stayed through all appeals.  In orders issued on August 23, 2013, Chief Judge Carnes agreed with CTP and granted the motions to stay, but held that CTP may seek to lift the stay upon completion of the PTO proceedings.

PIA also issued a press release regarding the cases, in which PIA's President and CEO, Michael Makin, had strong words for CTP: “We’re not going to stand by and let a patent troll intimidate our members into paying unnecessary licensing fees.  The patents should never have been granted, since the claims were obviously based on prior patents and published documents.  I hope this action will give our members the upper hand in fighting these frivolous lawsuits and causes the patent owner to discontinue its licensing campaign.”  PIA also indicated in its press release that it has "mobilized its lobbying efforts in Congress in support of legislation to combat patent troll activity."

The cases are:

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Benson Integrated Mktg. Solutions, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02166-JEC

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Walton Press, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02174-JEC 

CTP Innovations, LLC v Meyers Printing Co., Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02168-JEC

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Primary Color Sys. Corp., No. 1:13-cv-02169-JEC 

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Progress Printing Co., No. 1:13-cv-02170-JEC

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Rohrer Corp., No. 1:13-cv-02171-JEC

CTP Innovations, LLC v. SleeveCo, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02172-JEC 

CTP Innovations, LLC v. Tucker-Castleberry Printing, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02173-JEC 


[1] CTP voluntarily dismissed one of the actions -- CTP Innovations, LLC v. Datamatx, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-02167-JEC -- without prejudice on July 22, 2013.

Copyright © 2021 Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume III, Number 262
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Preston H Heard, Womble Carlyle Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Review Lawyer
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Preston Heard is an experienced patent litigation attorney who represents clients in a variety of industries, including the mechanical, computer and chemical sectors, in patent-related disputes.

 A registered patent attorney, Preston has represented patent clients in U.S. District Court in numerous states, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He works with patent owners to devise overall strategies to protect and enforce patent rights and to assess potential patent-related claims. He also works with clients to develop effective defenses against patent...

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