Lazare Kaplan Protects its Laser-Inscription Process

August 24, 2001

Lazare Kaplan Protects its Laser-Inscription Process

Lazare Kaplan International Inc., the largest diamond cutter and polisher in the U.S., says it has successfully concluded litigation against Pacific Technology Corp. for infringing on its patented laser-inscription process. Both companies are based in New York City.

An Aug. 16 consent judgment in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York requires Pacific Technology to cease making, using, distributing and selling the laser-inscription services and equipment it provided in the past, says LKI. The judgment, which Pacific Technology agreed to, acknowledges the validity and enforceability of LKI's patents and constitutes a permanent injunction prohibiting Pacific from offering services or equipment that infringe LKI's patents.

LKI is the developer and owner of several U.S. and foreign patents for laser inscribing logos, letters and numbers on the surface of diamonds and other gemstones.

- by Julia M. Duncan