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News brief: Fujifilm wins UV ink lawsuit; FESPA China cancelled; PICAs deadline extended; NZSDA deadline next week; When bus ads were hand-painted

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS) has won its legal fight against US-based Nazdar Ink Technologies and German distributor Zaro over patent infringements involving Fujifilm’s UV inkjet inks for its Acuity range of flatbed printers.


"This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of infringing our intellectual property,” said Rob Fassam, R&D director at FSIS, after the ruling handed down by the Regional Court in Düsseldorf, Germany. “We will continue to protect our investment by filing patents that cover our technology and we will take appropriate action against those who infringe.

In 2017, FSIS filed suit against Nazdar US and Nazdar UK as well as its German distributor Zaro, claiming Nazdar had infringed its UV ink patents EP 1 803 784 B3 and EP 2 383 314 B3 in Germany by offering its 702 & 703 Series UV inkjet inks and declaring them to be chemically compatible with the original inks designed for Fujifilm's Acuity range of flatbed UV printers.

The Regional Court in Düsseldorf has now confirmed infringement, injuncted Nazdar and Zaro from offering, bringing to market and any further use of patent infringing UV inkjet inks. It has also sentenced them to pay damages.


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“FESPA regrets to announce the cancellation of FESPA China 2019, following the recent launch of the event in January 2019,” says the company in a statement.

“The decision not to proceed with this year's event is disappointing as there was increasing demand from the manufacturing community for this show, however, as a result of challenges arising with the venue and co-located event, which FESPA was unable to resolve to its satisfaction, unfortunately, the only course of action available is to cancel at this time.”

FESPA says it remains committed to serving the community of speciality printers and manufacturers in China and across Asia, and will return to the region with Asia Print Expo in 2021, with dates and location to be announced nearer the time.

“The possibility of a future FESPA return to the Chinese mainland remains under review,” said the statement.


PIAA extends PICAs entry deadline


The entry deadline for the PIAA’s renamed Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs, formerly the Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards) has been extended to 3 May because of the number of late entries and concerns over upcoming public holidays.

“The change has been precipitated by a surge in entries with many entrants concerned that their entries would not arrive in time for judging, given the Easter long weekend followed in the same week by Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April,” said PIAA national events manager Jacobena Mills via email.

“In order to alleviate concerns around the timing of entries and shipping of entries, the cut off for online entries has been moved to 3 May.”

The PICAs includes one category (#31) for Large Format:

Printed on any substrate, any printing method. Includes pull up banners, indoor visual, building banners, bus shelter signage, real estate signage etc.

Visit here for details.


Deadline next week for NZSDA awards

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Entries close at 5pm on Friday 26th April 2019 for this year’s NZ Sign and Display Awards, which include the Apprentice of the Year category that celebrates three top apprentices.

 “For any inquiries on the NZ Sign & Display Awards, head along to our website page where you will find all information regarding how and where to enter, the dates and times of the evening, how to get tickets, transport options and where to grab accommodation,” says NZSDA president Paul Walters in an email to members.  “It is important to note that Trinity Wharf Hotel and Armitage Hotel will NOT have their house bars open upon returning from the Awards evening ..... so we have organised an "After Party at the Phoenix Bar" after the Awards evening! For those that haven't quite finished celebrating or would like to wind down after the evening, stay on the bus and be dropped off at The Phoenix where Ralph and his team will look after you until the early hours of the morning.  It is a cash bar and food is available to order. “  

Passion, Purpose & Power, 13-15 June 2019 | Tauranga



When bus ads were hand-painted

John Dickson painted the first LRT logo on the side of a bus in Edinburgh
  John Dickson painted the first LRT logo on the side of a bus in Edinburgh - photo: The Scotsman

For more than 30 years, John Dickson was a paint shop pro at the Shrubhill depot, honing his skills in ‘the noble signwriting and coachpainting trade’ for Edinburgh Corporation and Lothian Regional Transport, reports The Scotsman. 

John’s career came to an abrupt end in 2000. “It was when the vinyl adverts came in, they were already printed so we didn’t have any more adverts to do." 

Read the full story here