GBC reaffirms intellectual property rights


15 December 2004 – Northbrook (IL): GBC has confirmed that it will continue to take serious action against any manufacturers and their distribution partners who infringe GBC patents, trademarks and internet domain names.

Thomas Stenebring, who has recently taken the position of global marketing and product development SVP said: "It has become more and more prevalent that many newer producers are simply copying what we have developed. In those cases, we will take the necessary action to exercise our intellectual property rights and when appropriate to block both production and distribution in appropriate nations.

"Behaviour like this simply drags the whole OP industry into a ‘me-too’ cycle that will negatively impact creative product development, and more importantly end-user motivation," he added.