A New York company that makes ink it says can be used to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones is suing a Boston company that uses ink to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Touchpac charges that Touchbase Technologies, run by participants in an MIT technology program and headquartered on Bay State Road, is violating a patent it won last year for a system that would let smartphones grab data off business cards.
Touchpac is a subsidiary of T+ink, which says it holds numerous patents on the "conductive ink" needed to make the system work. The suit alleges:
In May, 2013, Mr. Sai To Yeung, CEO of TouchBase, visited T+inkâ€™s offices in New York and discussed T+inkâ€™s conductive ink technology and the patented TouchCodeÂ® technology. Shortly after this meeting, Mr. Yeung and TouchBase stopped responding to correspondence from T+ink.
Touchpac wants TouchBase to cease and desist forthwith and pay it lots of money and lawyer's fees.
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