Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 7, 2014, 11:13am


A software maker has filed a copyright infringement suit over its product management software. 

Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. filed suit against Mercury Metal Forming Technologies LLC on Jan. 2 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Siemens is a Delaware corporation with its place of business in Plano.

Mercury Metal Forming is based in Roseville, Mich.

According to the complaint, Siemens manufactures and distributes the Product Lifecycle Management software, which allows companies to manage the entire life cycle of a product from ideation and design, manufacture, service and disposal.

The software, NX 8, brings together computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided engineering, product data management and digital manufacturing.

Siemens claims that it learned Mercury Metal Forming was using PLM’s software without a license and informed them of the copyright infringement in July.

The suit alleges the infringement has been willful and with indifference to the rights of the plaintiff.

Siemens is seeking an accounting and recovery of profits obtained by the defendant by using the software, injunctive relief, destruction of the infringing software, statutory and actual damages, enhanced damages, costs, attorneys’ fees and other relief.

Robert Riddle of Reed Smith LLP in Houston is lead counsel for the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Judge Richard Schell and referred to Judge Don Bush for pretrial proceedings.

Case No. 4:14-cv-00002

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