Midwest Athletics Files New Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Xerox

Earlier this month, Midwest Athletics and Sports Alliance  (MASA) filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Xerox, alleging technology used by Xerox’s iGen5 digital press uses technology covered by patents owned by MASA.

MASA itself is an interesting case. The company, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, says it “provides services, funding, and equipment for youth sports organizations to help those organizations that inspire youths in a positive way.” It says it provides “financial support to established and upcoming groups who are working to make our youth athletes better people,” and acquires “quality equipment so kids can safely participate in sports and activities.” We first learned of MASA and its patents when it filed patent-infringement lawsuits against Xerox, as well as against Ricoh, in early 2018 (see here).

MASA’s new case, which it filed on September 12th in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that the Xerox iGen5 uses technology covered by patent held by MASA without authorization from MASA. The patents are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,502,582 , 7,720,425, and 8,005,415.

The patents cover technology that includes:

A MASA patent involving a method of printing to form colored images with improved color gamut and enhanced gloss, with the method comprising:
1[a] forming a color print using five or more different color pigments which in combination form at least a pentachrome color image;
1[b] depositing a clear toner overcoat to the pentachrome color image, wherein the clear toner overcoat is formed as a receiver and image dependent inverse mask; and
1[c] subjecting the clear toner overcoat and the at least pentachrome color image to a gloss enhancing process.

In its lawsuit, MASA notes that the:

Xerox iGen 5 Press forms colored images using the standard CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) gamut of four colors. A fifth color is provided such as orange, green, blue, or white can supplement the standard CMYK pallet of four colors to improve the press’s gamut by adding the fifth color.

MASA is seeking a jury trial, preliminary and/or permanent injunctive relief, damages, and royalties.

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