(Feb. 27, 2009) — I read with tremendous interest and incredulity the article on Plastics News' Web site [Gain sues BMW, ADAC Plastics, Feb. 12] concerning, once again, allegations in the gas-assist molding industry regarding patent infringement.
Below, I have excerpted a portion of the article which brings about particular concern:
Separately, in the suit against ADAC Plastics, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Melea and Plastic Molded Technologies charge that ADAC infringes Gain patents by using gas-assist controllers from Alliance Gas Systems Inc.
Alliance Gas Systems is no longer in business.
According to the lawsuit, Melea and PMT sent a letter to ADAC about the alleged infringement on Sept. 27, 2007, then followed up several days later.
In the letter, the firms offered a limited-time license for users of the Alliance equipment.
Those statements could be interpreted by some readers to imply that the equipment manufactured by Alliance might have been found at some time to infringe the intellectual property rights of other manufacturers.
As a former principal of the former Alliance Gas Systems throughout its existence, I must clarify for your readers that Alliance's equipment has never been found to have infringed the intellectual property rights of any firm or individual.
I thank you for helping clarify this status for your readership.
Aegis Consultants Inc.
Virginia Beach, Va.