Date: Thu Jul 24 2003 - 15:03:19 EEST
Several people have asked, "On what grounds is 3d suing AAROFLEX?" After
many, many allegations the case now comes down to the "17 alleged infringements"
or the 17 patent claims in suit. You probably already have copies of these
patents; however, if you do not have them, you can look at them on the Internet.
For instance, see www.uspto.gov. Those claims are as follows:
U.S. Patent No. 4,929,402, claims 16, 17, and 23;
U.S. Patent No. 4,999,143, claims 1, and 2;
U.S. Patent No. 5,902,537, claims 17, 18, 81, and 82;
U.S. Patent No. 5,174,931, claims 5, 19, and 52;
U.S. Patent No. 5,059,359, claim 17;
U.S. Patent No. 5,137,662, claims 29, and 57;
U.S. Patent No. 5,184,307, claims 58, and 79;
The case is schedule to go trial finally on 08/05/03 in LA. Aaroflex is not
afforded a trial by jury, because 3d is fearful that the common person on the
street will see through their deceptive ways. Therefore 3d has dropped all
claims to recover damages to avoid a jury trial. The damage to AAROFLEX has
already occurred with the threat of the lawsuit looming for years.
Of course, 3d claims to have invented the process of Sterolithography, but in
reality this is not true. 3d has gained most all ideals from users or past
art of others and then files patents on that prior art. I am hoping some smart
young attorney will file a class action suit against 3d for the deceptive
practices. Just imagine all of the money stockholders have lost since 3d went
public. I remember some shareholders paying over thirty dollars per share. Today
that would be ninety dollars with the 3 for 1 reverse split that occurred a
few a years ago.
Modern scientific advances may mean that the 17 claims may be averted.
AAROFLEX will not attempt to do so until the trial is concluded. Should the truth
be revealed during the trial most of the 17 items will be struck down. This
public disclosure may encourage others to gain a foothold into the business or
build your own machines for in house use.
Good luck to all of you out there that are working hard to pay for an over
priced machine and poor service because of unscrupulous court action by your
Albert C. Young, Jr., P.E.
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