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Hexagon Wins Intellectual Property Suit

Permanent injunction obtained against Wenzel and Xspect Solutions over PC-DMIS software trade secrets.

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 15:13

(Hexagon: London) -- Hexagon Metrology announced a litigation victory in its dispute over alleged misappropriation of trade secrets from its PC-DMIS inspection and measurement software, which is developed and published by Hexagon Metrology division Wilcox Associates Inc. The suit, filed against Xspect Solutions, Inc. (“Xspect”), Wenzel Group GmbH & Co. KG (“Wenzel Group”), Wenzel Prazision GmbH (“ Wenzel Prazision”), and Wenzel Metromec AG (“Wenzel Metromec”) arose over allegations that the above mentioned companies used and disclosed confidential information and trade secrets for the benefit of Xspect, Wenzel Group, Wenzel Prazision, and Wenzel Metromec.

The U.S. District court of the Eastern District of Michigan, has issued a permanent injunction order against Xspect, Wenzel Group, Wenzel Prazision and Wenzel Metromec (“the parties”) in the Federal Court wherein they agreed to refrain from using or disclosing any confidential or proprietary information or trade secrets of Wilcox Associates, Inc.  Specifically, the parties have agreed to the injunction which enjoins them from the following actions for either a set or indefinite period of time: 

  • The parties must not solicit for hire any technical employees of Wilcox, Hexagon Metrology, Inc. or Hexagon Holdings, Inc. (collectively, “Hexagon”)
  • The parties may not ever use or disclose any of Hexagon’s confidential, proprietary or trade secret information or property.
  • The parties may not ever develop any product or provide any service involving the use of Hexagon’s confidential, proprietary or trade secret information.
  • The parties may not develop any PC-DMIS translation utility or develop, market or sell any PC-DMIS execute utility.
  • May not release any new version of a measurement software that includes a translation feature or an execute feature without first notifying Wilcox
  • May not infringe, directly or indirectly, upon Hexagon’s copyrights


Quality Digest was not able to reach Xspect Solutions for comment.


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