ROCK HILL, South Carolina – January 29, 2010 – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts and systems solutions, announced that the German Federal Supreme Court has issued a final decision revoking the German part of DSM Desotech’s European Patent No. 0 830 928. DSM had filed a complaint in Germany in 2005 claiming that 3D Systems’ Accura® BluestoneTM stereolithography material infringed this German patent. Following DSM’s appeal of prior decisions, the German Federal Supreme Court issued its decision invalidating this patent on January 28, 2010. As a result of this decision, a related 2005 decision that DSM obtained in an infringement action before the Frankfurt District Court should be dismissed based upon this complete revocation of DSM’s patent. “3D Systems is very pleased with this decision,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “As we have said before, we respect the valid intellectual property rights of others. The German Federal Supreme Court’s decision to revoke this patent is consistent with our long-held position that DSM’s patent was invalid.”
Accura® BluestoneTM stereolithography material is an engineered nanocomposite resin offered globally for use in 3D Systems’ SLA® systems that include the ViperTM, iProTM 8000, iProTM 8000 MP, iProTM 9000, and iProTM 9000 XL. Our Accura® BluestoneTM material, with its high stiffness and stability, is widely used by Formula 1 race teams to produce scale wind-tunnel models. The material is available for purchase directly from 3D Systems, and customers can order parts made with Accura® BluestoneTM material through 3D Systems’ Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts service, 3DpropartsTM, at www.3dproparts.com.
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About 3D Systems Corporation
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions. Its expertly integrated solutions reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input.
These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Our customers Create With Confidence.
More information on the company is available at www.3Dsystems.com, www.modelin3D.com, www.toptobottomdental.com, www.3Dproparts.com, www.mqast.com, http://blog.3Dsystems.com, www.3Dsystems.com/ir or via email at moreinfo@3Dsystems.com.
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