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Boy Machine to challenge Milacron patent infringement charge

Injection molding machine importer, Boy Machine Inc., will challenge a patent infringement charge brought by Milacr...


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July 30, 2001 by Canadian Plastics

Injection molding machine importer, Boy Machine Inc., will challenge a patent infringement charge brought by Milacron Inc., which seeks to prevent importation of certain Boy Machines which allegedly use the technology covered by the patent. Milacron has filed the complaint with the International Trade Commission.
According to Mike Provini, president of Boy Machines Inc., the action by Milacron is pursuant to the so-called "052" patent, which relates to the use of a PC as an operator interface on an injection molding machine. Milacron has previously filed complaints related to the patent against a number of machinery manufacturers, including Husky Injection Molding Systems and Ube Machinery Inc., resulting in cash settlements. Provini believes that Boy Machines Inc. is not infringing on Milacron’s patent.
"The Milacron patent may be invalid based upon the existence of such technology prior to Milacron’s patent applications," says Provini. "It is unfortunate that Milacron feels that it is necessary to compete in the marketplace by the institution of such drastic measures.”