AutoForm and Engineering Technology Associates (ETA) settle patent disputes relating to die design software globally

Wilen b. Wollerau, December 8, 2014: AutoForm Engineering GmbH and Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. have reached a global settlement of their patent disputes [1] and entered a consent judgment [2] ending a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit initiated by AutoForm against ETA, the company announced today. The lawsuit was part of AutoForm’s efforts to protect its continuous substantial investments in R&D and its innovative solutions.

Dec 8, 2014-- The respective patents are directed to the addendum design of deep drawing tools, and protect methods used by AutoForm-DieDesigner software. Pursuant to the settlement:

  • AutoForm and ETA ended the pending U.S. patent infringement lawsuit by entering a consent judgment.
  • ETA agreed to discontinue sale and distribution of its Die Face Engineering (DFE) plug-in for addendum surface generation.
  • ETA agreed not to challenge the validity or enforceability of the AutoForm patents, as explained in the consent judgment.
  • AutoForm agreed not to sue any ETA customers, distributors or end users that hold existing licenses for the DFE plug-in.

The remaining terms of the parties’ settlement agreement are confidential.

About AutoForm Engineering GmbH

AutoForm offers software solutions for the die-making and sheet metal forming industries along the entire process chain. With 250 employees dedicated to this field, AutoForm is recognized as the leading provider of software for product manufacturability, tool and material cost calculation, die face design and virtual process optimization. All of the Top 20 automotive OEMs and most of their suppliers have selected AutoForm as their software of choice. Besides its headquarters in Switzerland, AutoForm has offices in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, USA, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Japan and Korea. AutoForm is also present through its agents in more than 15 other countries. For detailed information please visit:


Please direct any question in this context to
AutoForm Engineering GmbH
Dr. Markus Thomma
Corporate Marketing Director
8832 Wilen b. Wollerau, Switzerland

Phone:  +41 43 444 61 61

[1]          AutoForm brought said action for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging that certain ETA products infringed US. Pat. No. 7,623,939 and US Pat. No. 7,894,929 owned by AutoForm and directed to a method and software for addendum design for deep drawing tools.

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