TALL Group Wins Long-Running Lawsuit
The TALL Group of Companies, the UK’s leading provider of secure electronic and paper payments solutions, has successfully defended a patent infringement case brought against it by a competitor, global customer communications company Communisis in a long-running lawsuit.
The now disproven claim was that an encryption system, which helps to ensure that fraudulent cheques are trapped and rejected wherever possible was a direct or equivalent infringement of a system allegedly invented and owned by Communisis.
But, after a process that has been ongoing since 2017, a ruling passed down by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) stated that, not only was TALL Group’s system different, its method was “much more secure and effective” than the one covered by the patent of its larger rival and, therefore, did not infringe.
Additionally, Communisis’ patent was held to be invalid due to lack of inventiveness compared to three earlier patents, one of which dated back to 1974, and because the alleged invention was no more than a “mathematical method” which cannot be patented. Communisis, whose CEO stood down recently, employs more than 2000 people, according to company data tracker Owler, with offices in 17 countries. The TALL Group consists of TALL Security Print Ltd, Checkprint Ltd and DLRT Ltd, operating out of three accredited sites in the UK and employs 150 people.
Commenting on the win, following the long-running lawsuit, Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director at the TALL Group of Companies, said: “We were always confident of the outcome of this case. As an organisation committed to the safety, security and integrity of the UK payments systems, we will continue to develop and implement effective cheque fraud prevention tools which can benefit all cheque using customers, their banks and the cheque clearing industry as a whole.
In contrast to others, we believe that strong methodologies to trap fraudsters should be made available across the industry, and our UCN Plus® system, which significantly enhances the protection afforded to business cheque customers, is offered freely to other Accredited Cheque Printers.’’
Colin Bell, intellectual property lawyer and partner at Brabners, said: “This has been a long and drawn out ordeal for TALL Group and I am glad it has ended with the right decision from the court. While we were always confident of winning, the judgment emphasises the importance of providing good instructions to experts in patent cases. Economically there are challenges ahead for all businesses and this judgment means my client is now able to face into them unimpeded.”
DLRT Win Virgin Money Supplier Award
DLRT, part of the TALL Group of Companies, have won a Virgin Money supplier award for a rapid response to cheque printing solutions. The market leader, based in Lisburn, Ireland, overcame numerous strong nominations and demonstrated ‘true partnership’ to scoop the national award.
Angela Allison from Virgin Money said: “During the running of the project for the launch of the new Virgin Money current account in December last year, cheque design was only considered late on in the lifetime of the project and meant that to deliver an acceptable cheque product that could be launched as part of the account package, timelines were very tight. DLRT moved with great speed to produce a cheque design in line with a conceptual design idea from our Marketing team and turned this around in the space of a week.”
When Virgin Money raised concerns about certain aspects of the design, which had been included for security and regulatory reasons, DLRT arranged a site meeting to walk the team through the design and made tweaks within one day!
Peter Thomas, Managing Director of DLRT, said “It’s important for us to deliver a client service that stands out. After a rapid response to delivering the cheque book, we facilitated testing for the product to provide a total end-to-end solution. The cheque book offered security to the bank, but more importantly to the customer, was aesthetically pleasing and suited perfectly the new corporate branding for Virgin Money.” In winning this award Peter said that DLRT must recognise the help and guidance of Neil Galbally Virgin Money Relationship Manager who was instrumental in our successful delivery.
DLRT was awarded the ‘Delightfully Surprising Award’ during a virtual ceremony held by Virgin Money. The Virgin Money Supplier Awards recognise partner organisations that help them deliver successfully to their customers. The award categories are based on Virgin Money’s brand values including, Heartfelt Service, Delightfully Surprising, and Smart Disruption.