EOS and 3D Systems settle patent spat

EOS GmbH of Munich, Germany, and 3D Systems Inc of California have signed an agreement to settle all pending litigation and patent office proceedings between the two companies.

EOS GmbH of Munich, Germany, and 3D Systems Inc of California have signed an agreement to settle all pending disputes between the two companies.

Under the agreement, EOS and 3D Systems will withdraw all pending litigation and patent office proceedings worldwide, exchange licenses to various intellectual property rights held by the two companies, and enter into an OEM supply agreement.

3D Systems Inc announced in March 2003 that it had filed an action in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas against EOS to stop the sales of EOS’ laser sintering systems in the US, citing patent infringement.

The new patent cross-license is in addition to the license agreement already entered into by the companies in 1997 and includes certain patent rights acquired by 3D Systems from DTM Corporation and licensed to 3D Systems from the University of Texas.

Under the new agreement, EOS will pay to 3D Systems a royalty based on future sales of certain laser sintering systems in the United States. 3D Systems will purchase and sell certain laser sintering products from EOS, such as the EOSINT P 700 large-frame laser-sintering machine.

‘This agreement is excellent news for both our companies and for the whole of our industry,’ commented Dr Hans J Langer, founder and Chief Executive Officer of EOS. ‘Having settled all disputes and differences between our companies, we are all now fully focused on developing the laser-sintering market in the interest of our customers.’

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