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Hearing set for October in DSS suit against dot-com

By TROY L. SMITH
 - 4/17/2012 3:12:11 PM

The first hearing in a lawsuit filed in October by Document Security Systems  Inc. against former client Coupons.com Inc. is scheduled for Oct. 9 in federal court, DSS said Tuesday.

DSS alleges that Coupons.com misappropriated DSS trade secrets.

DSS provides optical anti-counterfeit technology to its clients, to protect documents from counterfeiters and identity thieves. The Rochester company said Coupons.com was a client from 2003 to 2008, purchasing anti-copying paper.

California-based Coupons.com allows online shoppers to print coupons from manufacturers and retailers offering special discounts and promotions. Its clients include Kraft Foods Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Kmart Corp.

The lawsuit revolves around DSS’ proprietary digital copy protection technology, which DSS claims in the lawsuit, that has been used by Coupons.com on billions of Internet-generated coupons since 2006.

“It is our contention that Coupons.com has utilized a copy protection technology which DSS provided to them for review under a strict non-disclosure agreement,” DSS CEO Patrick White said in a statement. “Our research indicates that Coupons.com has printed this particular technology on billions of internet generated coupons since 2006.”

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