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July 20, 2005

Swedish converter sued
over folding label patent
The world of leaflet/labels, extended text labels and the like has always been highly litigious, and Denny Bros. Ltd. the quickest to reach for the lawyers. This time the UK holder of Fix-a-Form folding labels patents is suing the Swedish label manufacturer AB WH Nordvall & Co. for infringing its patents. At the District Court of Stockholm, Denny Bros. demanded an immediate stop to the infringement, as well as substantial damages.
The Swedish printer is supposed to have copied the Fix-a-Form design and used the product in sales to pharmaceutical manufacturers in Sweden. Denny says this caused substantial losses, both for the Fix-a-Form organization in Sweden and for CCL Label A/S in Denmark, the licensee. Denny Bros. has demanded 6 million Swedish krona ($845,000) in damages for claimed losses. It is also demanding that Nordvall cease production of the infringing product and destroy existing stocks of it. It is demanding a penalty of 500,000 krona ($70,000) if this is not complied with.
Andrew Denny, managing director of Fix-a-Form International Ltd, says: “We will not tolerate infringement of our patents. That’s why we’ve taken legal action. We want to protect our patents, because we and our partners have invested considerable resources in developing the folding label concept.” CCL Label in Denmark holds the Fix-a-Form license for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic states.