VIScorp Gets Injunction Against Curtis Mathes
DECEMBER 9, 1996
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hugh Jencks (312) 655-0903
A federal district court in San Jose, California issued a preliminary injunction on December 4, 1996, against the source of Dallas-based Curtis Mathes Holding Corp.'s (Curtis Mathes) Uniview interactive television device prohibiting further use of proprietary technology developed by Visual Information Service Corp. (VIScorp) of Chicago, Illinois. Interactive Video Publishing, Inc. (IVP), David Serlin, Steve Owens, and Kaori Kuwata and "all those in active concert or participation with them" were enjoined from using any of VIScorp's trade secrets or technology and "from manufacturing, shipping, distributing, promoting, licensing or selling any of that technology or any product incorporating that technology."
VIScorp filed a complaint in the Northern District Court of California
against the defendants alleging that they misappropriated its
trade secrets and technology and licensed the misappropriated
technology to Curtis Mathes for its Uniview product. The court
recognized that "IVP's deal with Curtis (Mathes) will likely
be affected" by its order. The court found that VIScorp
"will probably succeed on the merits of its claim that defendants
used improper means to acquire VIScorp software trade secrets,
and, therefore have misappropriated VIScorp trade secrets."
No trial date has been set.