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25 companies including two CUs sued for patent infringement
MARSHALL, Texas (8/24/10)--A Longview, Texas, company that has a patent for the "method and apparatus for creating and ordering customized branded merchandise over a computer network" has sued 25 major companies--including two credit unions--for alleged infringement of its eight-year-old patent for the process. The case--filed Aug. 12 in the U.S. District Court for East Texas in Marshall, Texas-- would have ramifications for retailers, banks and credit unions, credit card companies, and others offering customized branded merchandise on their websites. For credit unions, the process relates to customized debit and credit cards. Quark Images LLC, the company that filed the suit, has named as defendants some major entities such as Adidas, Capital One Financial Corp., Discover Financial Services, Hallmark Cards Inc., Mars Inc., Nike Inc., Zions Bancorporation, Reebok, and Ralph Lauren, among others. The two credit unions named are America First FCU, Riverdale, Utah, and Pasadena, Calif.-based Wescom CU. Quark Images is also suing Serverside Group Ltd., an British company with stateside headquarters in New York. Serverside provides card customization technology allowing credit unions, banks and card companies through its website, according to the complaint filed. Also named as a defendant is PAYjr, which provides customized stored-value cards, and Shoreline Business Solutions, a Connecticut-based partner of Serverside. The suit, which asks for a jury trial, seeks permanent injunctions to stop the use of the method and is seeking damages, costs, expenses and prejudgment and post-judgment interest.


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