Lazare Kaplan Sues PhotoScribe Technologies Over Alleged Patent Infringement

May 30, 2006

Lazare Kaplan Sues PhotoScribe Technologies Over Alleged Patent Infringement

Lazare Kaplan International Inc. has filed a lawsuit against PhotoScripe Technologies Inc. claiming that PhotoScribe infringed on LKI's patent for inscribing diamonds and gemstones, the company said in a release Tuesday.

The company is seeking an injunction and damages in the case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. LKI says the suit covers the methods and equipment for inscribing gemstones as well as the inscribed gemstones themselves. LKI says it plans to file similar suits against other companies and will seek the seizure of products it claims violates its patent by the U.S. Customer Border Patrol Agency.

The CEO of PhotoScribe, David Benderly, said the suit is "without merit" and that the company would defend itself against the suit.

PhotoScribe Technologies manufactures laser-marketing and micro-machining systems for inscribing, among other things, diamonds and gemstones. The company says on its Web site that it is a pioneer in diamond-marking technologies and has several of the world's largest diamond manufacturers and laboratories as its customers.

"This is a necessary step to protect the significant investments LKI has made as an innovator of laser inscription technology in the diamond industry, and specifically our investment in the development of a laser inscription patent portfolio," says Leon Tempelsman, president of LKI, in a release.

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