Court Grants Digimarc Request to Halt Implementation of a Replacement Driver License System in Georgia.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
TUALATIN, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2003
Court grants a stay of Viisage's planned implementation of Georgia
driver license system until trial occurs
Digimarc Corporation (Nasdaq:DMRC DMRC Digimarc Corporation (stock symbol)
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DMRC Digital Mobile Radio Communications ) today announced that the state court for Fulton County, Georgia Fulton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. Its county seat is Atlanta6, the principal city of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 816,006. The 2006 Census Estimate placed the population at 960,009 . has granted Digimarc's request for a preliminary injunction A temporary order made by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclusion of a trial on the merits.
A preliminary injunction is regarded as extraordinary relief. to preclude the state's Department of Motor Vehicle Services from continuing to work with Viisage Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:VISG VISG Visually Impaired Support Group ) to install a new driver license system for the state of Georgia.
After the state awarded a contract to Viisage on November 12, 2002, Digimarc filed a protest with the state shortly thereafter and later filed suit in Superior Court in March 2003 claiming that the state had violated its own procurement procedures and that Viisage was not a responsible bidder to whom the contract should have been awarded. With a specific finding made by the court after a full hearing that Digimarc had "made a compelling case that irregularities occurred during the procurement process" and demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits on the merits adj. referring to a judgment, decision or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence. A judge decides a case "on the merits" when he/she bases the decision on the fundamental issues and considers with a full trial, the court enjoined any further activities by the state in continuing to work with Viisage until a trial takes place for Digimarc's protest.
Under the state's contract with Viisage, Georgia was scheduled to begin using Viisage to issue licenses in August 2003. With the stay issued by the court, Digimarc will continue to provide its services under its existing contract for the Georgia driver license system until the matter is resolved.
"We are pleased with the court's ruling that if the case proceeds to a full trial on the merits, there is a substantial likelihood we will prevail," said Indra Paul, president of Digimarc ID Systems. "We have supported the state of Georgia's digital driver license system since 1997 and are confident that our bid proposed the highest quality and most secure driver license system that represents the best value for the people of Georgia. We hope that this matter will be resolved in a manner that allows us to continue to deliver on our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality service and support to Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicle Services and its customers."
Digimarc Corporation (Nasdaq:DMRC) is a leading supplier of digital watermarking Digital watermarking is a technique which allows an individual to add hidden copyright notices or other verification messages to digital audio, video, or image signals and documents. and secure personal identification technologies and solutions used in a wide range of security, identification and digital media content applications.
Digimarc provides more than 60 million personal identification documents and driver licenses per year for 33 U.S. states and more than 24 countries. Digimarc's digital watermarking technology provides a persistent digital identity to all media content and enhances the security of financial documents, identity documents and digital images.
Digimarc has an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with 113 issued U.S. patents with more than 2,000 claims, and more than 350 pending patent applications in digital watermarking, personal identification and related technologies. The company is headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon Tualatin (IPA: tu ɔ lə tn̩) is a city that is a southwestern suburb of Portland, Oregon, United States. , with other U.S. offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Fort Wayne, Indiana “Fort Wayne” redirects here. For other uses, see Fort Wayne (disambiguation).
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