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LECTRA: Lectra wins intellectual property battle in Germany

LECTRA: Lectra wins intellectual property battle in Germany


Lectra wins intellectual property battle in Germany

The German Supreme Court in Düsseldorf rules against local competitor for
patent infringement

Paris, October 6, 2015 -
Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to
industries using soft materials-fabrics, leather, technical textiles and
composite materials-announces that a German competitor's machine was declared
as infringing a Lectra's patent protecting a solution for cutting
one-piece-woven (OPW) airbags in Germany.

The July 2015 final court ruling stated that the competitor's
OPW-airbag-cutting machine makes use of Lectra patent EP 1 321 839's
inventive technical teaching, thus legally acknowledging that the machine
infringes the patent. The Lectra patent describes an OPW-airbag-cutting
machine as integrating three elements: a cut-on-the-fly cutting system for
cutting patterns in sheet material; a vision system for locating on-the-fly
landmarks in sheet material; and a control system that allows a pattern to be
cut at the same time as the vision system locates the next landmark, while
the sheet material continues to progress along the cutting table.

The German Federal High Court confirmed Lectra's patent as valid in September
2014. The patent runs until December, 2022 and covers Canada, China, the
Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Spain, South Korea and the
US. Lectra considers that any use of an infringing machine in these countries
violates its patent rights, and the company will use all legal means to have
these rights respected.

Innovation is an integral part of Lectra's DNA. Over the last ten years, the
company has invested €180 million in research and development, which
represents 9% of its revenues. As a result of this commitment, Lectra's
dedicated airbag-cutting solutions guarantee quality, safety and profit
margins, allowing unparalleled productivity and offering sustainable
competitive advantage. They are used by the largest suppliers in the
automotive industry.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate,
streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing
processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most
advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated
services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories,
footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), furniture, as well
as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as aeronautical and marine
industries, wind power and personal protective equipment. Lectra serves
23,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,500 employees, and
registered revenues of $281 million in 2014. The company is listed on

For more information, please

Contact - Lectra Headquarters / Press Dept.:
Nathalie Fournier-Christol
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 64 42 37 - Fax: +33 (0)1 53 64 43 40

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Source: LECTRA via Globenewswire


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