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May 24, 2010 12:00 AM
Harlequin RIP developer Global Graphics (Acton, MA) has, through its lawyers, called upon HighWater CTP Ltd. to immediately cease using the Torrent brand to create a false association between HighWater CTP’s Studio RIP and the Harlequin RIP.
The Torrent RIP has been associated with the Harlequin RIP since 1996, when it was introduced by HighWater Designs Ltd., then a Global Graphics’ customer. Recently, HighWater Designs went into administration and its assets were purchased by a third party.
In Global Graphics’ opinion, HighWater CTP’s use of the Torrent brand, when referring to Studio RIP, is being done to attract Harlequin RIP customers and is causing confusion in the marketplace. Global Graphics’ operations director Neil Wylie says, “Contrary to any impression which might be left by HighWater CTP marketing, Global Graphics wish to point out that quite simply there is no connection between Studio RIP and Harlequin. Global Graphics are naturally very concerned that HighWater CTP’s use of the Torrent brand, when referring to Studio, might cause thousands of Harlequin RIP users to believe wrongly that Studio is Harlequin- based when it clearly isn’t. Such use of the Torrent brand by HighWater CTP is in danger of misleading the Harlequin customer base.”