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Sarine Sues over Alleged Patent Infringement

Jul 2, 2017 8:03 AM   By Rapaport News
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Indian officials have raided four locations in search of evidence that local entrepreneurs have been supplying diamond manufacturers with equipment illegally copied from Sarine Technologies.

Sarine has sued a “group of unscrupulous businessmen” who, it claimed, violated the company’s patented technology for internal-inclusion mapping, as well as its copyrighted “Advisor” software for rough-diamond planning. These machines help people cut and polish diamonds by identifying flaws and other features of rough stones.

The defendants — several companies which Sarine believes are affiliated to one main party — illegally provided equipment and services to diamond manufacturers, Israel-based Sarine claimed in a statement Saturday.

Court representatives on Wednesday conducted raids on four sites in which the alleged infringing parties operate, Sarine said. The company has also asked the High Court of Gujarat, based in Ahmedabad, to impose a restraining order on the companies, meaning they would be forced to cease the activities in question.

“We are encouraged by the courts’ swift action, their understanding of the gravity of the situation, and their implementation of immediate steps to protect Sarine’s legal rights,” said Sarine CEO David Block. “We trust that the measures necessary to completely halt these blatantly illicit activities will be implemented not only to protect Sarine, but also to safeguard the integrity of India’s diamond industry that relies so heavily on the public’s trust.”
Tags: High Court of Gujarat, inclusion mapping, intellectual property, IP Infringement, Rapaport News, Sarine, Sarine Technologies
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