May 17, 2007, 12:00 AM

VistaPrint files patent infringement suit against two competitors

VistaPrint Technologies has filed suit against 123Print and Drawing Board, alleging the companies have infringed on three patents related to browser-based tools for online product design.

VistaPrint Technologies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of VistaPrint Ltd., has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 123Print Inc. and Drawing Board Inc., subsidiaries of Taylor Corp.

The online graphic design services and customized printed products retailer alleges 123Print and Drawing Board have infringed on and continue to infringe on three patents owned by VistaPrint related to browser-based tools for online product design. VistaPrint Ltd., No. 79 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, filed papers in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

VistaPrint contends both 123Print and Drawing Board have infringed on the VistaPrint patents and are actively inducing their customers to do the same. VistaPrint seeks an injunction against the two companies offering infringing services to present and future customers and monetary damages.

Taylor Corp. did not respond to Internet Retailer inquiries for comment.

VistaPrint senior director of offline marketing & advertising Zhennaa Gallagher will speak at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, June 4-7 in San Jose, in a session entitled Back to the Future: Going Offline to Drive Sales Online.

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