Global Factories B.V. v. Ziuz B.V. and Ziuz Medical B.V., District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 3 December 2010, Case No. KG ZA 10-1216
Global Factories owns European Patent EP 1 656 630 (EP 630) regarding a method and a device for inspecting a series of medicaments. The claimed device relates to a device for inspecting a patient specific string of interconnected drug packs, comprising of several characteristics, among which the characteristic that patient data are provided on each pack and the presence of a camera for scanning the drugs, an input for patient/drug data, a comparison device for comparing the patient/drug data with the camera scans and storage means for storing the patient data scans and drug scans for providing proof of the state of each pack at the time of inspection. Ziuz c.s. develops technology in the field of digital image processing and is also active in the pharmaceutical sector. Ziuz c.s. developed a device, called the Forsee Inspector, that checks the contents of large numbers of drug packets.
Global Factories sought a preliminary injunction prohibiting Ziuz c.s. to infringe EP 630.