The maker of a clay-based 3D printing technology that is used in the manufacture of consumer electronics and other industrial products has filed a lawsuit against a California firm that developed the technology.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Clay 3d Printing said the company is filing a class-action lawsuit against Zing, a company that was founded in 2014 in a San Francisco suburb.
Zing made the clay-3D printing software that can produce objects in the shape of objects.
The software is sold by Zing.
Zeng Zhang, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said he believes Zing has breached the patents that it is currently defending.
He also said the patent pool is growing and that Zing is losing patents.
The lawsuit also names Zing’s parent company, Zing-Mite Technology Co. Ltd.
ZingMite is owned by Zeng Zhang.
Zhang said in a statement that Zings business model is to produce a product, such as a toilet seat, that can be assembled by hand.
Zeng said the clay printer software that is now suing Clay 3, which was developed by Ziguang Shi, a student at ZingTech, uses a 3D-printed clay-shell to produce the desired part.
Zang said the lawsuit is an effort to protect intellectual property rights.
“The lawsuit filed today is based on the claims that Ziguan Shi has violated the patent licensing terms of Clay 3,” Zhang said.
“In order to defend against such lawsuits, we will be using a variety of tactics including litigation and counterclaims, to protect the rights of our users.”
In a news release, Zigua said Clay 3 has already received $100,000 in funding from investors including Sequoia Capital, Sequoias Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz.
Zigua also said Zingtech is in talks with Clay Technology, which is owned and operated by Clay 3’s parent Zing Mite Technology, to partner on another technology, ZING, which will allow customers to create 3D objects using clay shell.