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3M Wins Early Injunction in Patent Lawsuit in Spain

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Jan. 24, 2017—A court in Spain ruled in 3M’s favor on Thursday when it ordered a preliminary injunction against a company 3M accused of violating its patented “PPS technology,” according to a report from the Star Tribune.

The technology allows collision repair shops to mix and spray coatings onto vehicles.

The injunction against BossAuto Innova S.A. was issued by the Commercial Court of Barcelona and applies to all processes and work surrounding a European patent for 3M’s paint technology, the report notes. 

The court ruling prohibits BossAuto from manufacturing, importing, exporting or promoting its “BossAuto Paint System” in Spain. The preliminary ruling, which also prohibits the sale of the paint system’s component parts, is effective immediately, court records said.

BossAuto can appeal the injunction with the Court of Appeal of Barcelona. 3M’s full patent infringement lawsuit is expected to proceed through the courts until a final decision is made about the validity of the company’s claim.

 

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