National Graphics Enforces Patents

After recently completing almost four years of litigation over its Intellectual Property ownership, National Graphics, Inc. is again taking steps to enforce its patents.

In February of 2012, National Graphics (NGI) was re-affirmed as the owner of over 20 patents in lenticular printing and related fields after winning a 12-member jury trial. These patents include, but are not limited to, applying lenticular to a curved surface, in-molding products with a lenticular surface and adjusting an image to correspond to the lenticular lens.

Lenticular printing is where a specially prepared image is placed under a lenticular plastic lens. When this image is viewed through the lens, it can appear to have special effects, such as 3-dimension and/or animation (motion). Most printers may need to practice one or more of NGI’s patents in order to produce lenticular products.

“The litigation was an exhaustive process,” says Donald Krause, owner of NGI. “Now that it is complete, and it has been affirmed that NGI is the owner of these patents, our intention is to remind the industry of the existence of our intellectual property, and to license those companies that may potentially be infringing.”

NGI is in active negotiations with several companies who are interested in licensing opportunities. NGI has also taken steps to enforce its intellectual property. On November 2nd, NGI filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against Brax, Ltd., Dynamic Drinkware LLC, Capitol Cup, Inc. and Service Litho-Print, Inc.