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Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 2011/08/01 - Adelphi Masterfil took Brian Potiphar and Filling and Capping Machines Ltd to court over the use of copyright machine drawings - Masterfil.com / Adelphi.uk.com.
On Thursday 28th July 2011 week the High Court in London gave judgment in favour of Masterfil in an action brought against FCM and Brian Potiphar.
The Judge found that FCM had used a number of Masterfil’s design drawings in order to produce their own design drawings. He rejected FCM’s defence of independent design and held that both FCM and Mr Potiphar were liable for FCM’s wrongful use of Masterfil’s drawings. Separately, he also found that both FCM and Mr Potiphar had infringed Masterfil’s copyright in a manual for a Masterfil machine.
The Judge also found that on his day of departure from Masterfil, Mr Potiphar had emailed to his home email address Masterfil's confidential databases containing customer lists, sales information and stock details.
The Judge went on to grant injunctions against FCM and Mr Potiphar and ordered them to pay 80% of Masterfil’s legal costs. Masterfil’s legal costs will be paid by FCM and Mr Potiphar in stages, of which the first stage amounts to £76,500. FCM and Mr Potiphar are already liable to their own lawyers for the £200 000 they spent on their unsuccessful defence to the action.
FCM’s application for permission to appeal was dismissed by the Judge.
Adelphi Masterfil Ltd is a leading UK manufacturer of automatic and semi-automatic machines and capping machines.
We specialise in volumetric filling, flowmeter filling and weigh filling with associated single head screw capping machines and rotary 3-4 head capping machines. Solutions for drum filling machines and drum decanting machines are also provided.
Adelphi Masterfil (masterfil.com) has a reputation for providing filling machines and capping machines which are robust, high quality and fill accurately, with machines used worldwide and extensively in the Agrochemical, Bitumen, Chemical, Cosmetic, Food and Drink, Oil, and Pharmaceutical applications.