SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C-Mold has countersued Moldflow Corp., as the legal battle heats up between the rivals in the simulation software business for plastics.
C-Mold is claiming that Moldflow, which sued C-Mold in February, wants to put C-Mold out of business.
Moldflow's original lawsuit charges that Leonid Antanovskii took trade secrets when the software developer left Moldflow to work at C-Mold in mid-1998. Antanovskii helped to create Moldflow's MF/Flow3D software, which simulates plastic flowing into a mold for thick-wall parts. He also is named as a defendant.
Moldflow introduced MF/Flow3D in September.
C-Mold has denied the charges. Under a preliminary injunction, Antanovskii is not allowed to work in any capacity in which he would use or divulge the knowledge.
Now C-Mold of Ithaca, N.Y., has countersued, claiming that Moldflow's court attack is an attempt to ``drive C-Mold out of business'' and gain a monopoly in plastics computer-aided engineering.
The suits were filed in U.S. District Court in Syracuse.
Moldflow of Lexington, Mass., had issued a news release announcing its original suit. Moldflow later sent out a release saying it was being countersued by C-Mold. Both companies are privately held.
Peter Medina, chief operating officer of C-Mold, said at the recent Antec '99 conference that his company ``doesn't want to get into a tit-for-tat in the press.''
``We'll compete based on our products and services,'' he added.
C-Mold countersued because company officials feel Moldflow's original suit is anti-competitive, Medina said in an interview after a May 5 news conference to announce a new line of C-Mold 2000 products.
Medina stressed that the lawsuit is limited to one product at C-Mold.