A major American fastener manufacturer is drawing a line in the sand with Asian and other competitors. Six exhibitors at the National Industrial Fastener Show/West in Las Vegas this week were served complaints that they are exhibiting and offering for sale products which violate one or more of PennEngineering’s trademarks and patents. PennEngineering has asked a federal district court in Nevada to require these companies to immediately cease and desist from their infringing activities and to award PennEngineering appropriate damages. The named companies include Shanghai Jingyang Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Clinching Fasteners Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Hongyijin Metal Co., Ltd.; Dongtai City Huwaei Standard Component Corp.; Finexpress Fastener Co., Ltd.; and Richard Manno & Co., Inc. The PEM products in question include but are not limited to Types PF11, PF12, PFC2P, PFHV, AC, AS, LAC, LAS, FH, SKC, and TPS.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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