Graphisoft and Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. Reach Trademark Settlement
Budapest and San Francisco, September 24, 1996
Graphisoft®, developers of ARCHICAD® CAD software for Macintosh and Windows operating systems, and Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. signed an out-of-court settlement on August 30, 1996, preventing Diehl Graphsoft from using the name, "Graphsoft," alone without identifying itself as Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. in any "letterhead, business cards, directory listings, marketing materials, brochures, newsletters and content of world wide web pages." Graphisoft, the owner of the registered trademark of Graphisoft® in the U.S. and several other countries, grants Diehl Graphsoft Inc. the worldwide right to use its full corporate name on any media.
The use of Diehl Graphsoft's name is required to change on any new marketing material by February 28, 1997. They must also register to change the company's world wide web domain name by September 30, 1996 and all marketing material must reflect that change by October 31, 1996. Within two weeks of the settlement Diehl Graphsoft agreed to inform in writing "all of its business partners, including, but not limited to, its dealers, distributors, and resellers regarding the terms of this agreement and the restrictions on the use of the company name."
"Maintaining a clear distinction between our companies is fair to the customer who might think that the same company was manufacturing both ARCHICAD and Diehl Graphsoft's software, MiniCad. We are pleased that this unfortunate dispute of several years has finally been settled." says Gábor Bojár, president of Graphisoft. "We have always agreed that our respective products (MiniCAD from Diehl Graphsoft and ARCHICAD® from Graphisoft®) address different markets and are not competitors. We have also always agreed that both companies should focus on the market rather than on the court room. Now, finally agree that our customers and prospective customers should not be confused about the origin of our products as well."
Background about Graphisoft Graphisoft, developers of ARCHICAD CAD software for Macintosh and Windows operating systems, was founded in 1982 in Budapest, Hungary. Today, Graphisoft is one of the premier developers of architectural CAD software and employs approximately 120 people in five offices worldwide. Its flagship product, ARCHICAD is distributed in more than 80 countries and 19 languages. A privately held company, Graphisoft reported 1995 worldwide sales of $15M with pre-tax profits of $4.5M.
Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at www.graphisoft.com.
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