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Federal Court Invalidates Patent Troll Case Against EFI And Others

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, announced that a federal court has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Digitech Image Technologies, LLC ostensibly related to digital image processing technology.

Digitech, a subsidiary of the non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corporation, had filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against EFI and dozens of others, including EFI customers and retailers like Overstock.com and Buy.com, alleging infringement of US Patent No. 6,128,415. EFI requested that the court strike the infringement allegations against EFI's products and invalidate the asserted patent.

On August 6, 2013, the court invalidated the patent and entered judgment against Digitech and in favor of EFI and the other remaining 34 defendants. Rejecting Digitech's efforts to save its patent, the court recognized that even Digitech's most "creative arguments" could not "salvage an unpatentable principle and transform it into a patentable process." The court concluded that asserted claims are "intangible, possess no meaningful non-abstract limitations, and are therefore ineligible for patent protection."

While Digitech had extracted settlements from a number of parties, EFI refused to settle, insisting that it was never a proper party to the case in the first place.

"We are pleased that the court invalidated the patent, but it was clear this case should never have been filed," said EFI General Counsel Bryan Ko. "It is yet another illustration of how patent trolls are clogging the judicial system and wasting public resources. Until the system changes, however, EFI won't be bullied into settling these abusive lawsuits."

For more information about EFI, visit www.efi.com or contact 800-875-7117.

About EFI

EFI™ ( www.efi.com ) is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide, wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow, web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.

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