Crimson Trace announces suit for patent infringement against LaserMax'sJ-Max(TM), Sabre(TM), and Uni-Max(R) products. The company seeks injunctiverelief and monetary damages.WILSONVILLE, Ore., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ Crimson Trace Corporation, Inc,the Oregon-based manufacturer of LASERGRIPS(R) laser sights, filed suit inU.S District Court in Portland, Oregon against LaserMax, Inc. of Rochester,New York to address LaserMax's infringement of four United States patents.Crimson Trace seeks court-ordered injunctive relief and unspecifieddamages for patents assigned to the company related to laser sighting devicesfor firearms."Crimson Trace respects the intellectual property of other companies, andwe insist that other companies respect ours," said Lew Danielson, President ofCrimson Trace."Developing and marketing patented technology is at the coreof the company's market position, and we have been forced to take action toprotect that position," he added.Davis Wright Tremaine LLP represents Crimson Trace Corporation F RossBoundy, Benjamin J Byer and John F McGrory, Jr filed the suit Wednesday inU.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon.Crimson Trace is the world's leading manufacturer of handgun lasersighting systems.Major law enforcement agencies, all branches of the U.S.Military and responsible citizens worldwide have been using patented CrimsonTrace products since 1994.Crimson Trace products are recommended as anessential accessory by top firearms trainers and handgun manufacturers.Foradditional information, please visit Trace CorporationAdam Wollander, VP Marketing, 1-503-318-9610, , or LaneTobiassen, Director of Marketing, 1-503-702- 5049, ,both of Crimson Trace. Business and Environmental Leaders Release Landmark Blueprint for ClimateProtection LegislationBroad and Diverse Coalition Presents Consensus Approach on Major ClimateInitiativesWASHINGTON, Jan 15 /PRNewswire/ The U.S. Climate Action Partnership(USCAP) today unveiled a comprehensive and detailed set of integrated policyrecommendations for developing legislation that would create anenvironmentally effective and economically sustainable national climateprotection program.The landmark document - titled A Blueprint for Legislative Action - echoes thesense of urgency that President-elect Obama has articulated regarding the needfor a cap on greenhouse gas emissions.Developed through two years of intensive analysis and consensus-building among26 corporations and five environmental organizations, the Blueprint offerspolicymakers a clear path forward endorsed by a coalition representing a broadswath of the economy and diverse environmental interests."In the past, the U.S.
has proven that we have the will, the capabilities andthe courage to invest in innovation - even in difficult times," said JeffImmelt, Chairman and CEO of GE. "Today, cap-and-trade legislation is a crucialcomponent in fueling the bold clean energy investments necessary to catapultthe US again to preeminence in global energy and environmental policy,strengthen the country's international competitiveness, and create millions ofrewarding new American jobs."USCAP believes that strong climate legislation is a critical element of anyeffort to stimulate investment and innovation in low-carbon technologies. TheBlueprint provides specific guidelines for the Administration and Congress toenact legislation that both protects the environment and facilitates thenecessary transition to a vibrant, low-carbon economy. That includes reducinggreenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent of 2005 levels by 2050 through aneconomy-wide cap-and-trade program."The health of our economy and the safety of our climate are inextricablylinked, except nature doesn't do bail-outs," noted Jonathan Lash, President ofthe World Resources Institute."USCAP has redefined what is possible. If thediverse membership of USCAP can find common ground, Congress can agree oneffective legislation."USCAP noted that every year of delay in controlling emissions increases therisk of unavoidable consequences that could necessitate even steepergreenhouse gas reductions in the future, at substantially greater economiccost and social disruption.The Blueprint details steps for creating a mandatory, economy-widecap-and-trade program, coupled with cost containment measures andcomplementary policies addressing a federal technology research developmentand deployment program, coal technology, transportation, and building andenergy efficiency.Expanding significantly on USCAP's 2007 groundbreaking Call for Action, theBlueprint includes an aggressive emission reduction schedule, further detailson the scope of coverage for the cap-and-trade program, and recommendationsfor how to include as much of the U.S. economy under the cap asadministratively and politically feasible.Highlights from the Blueprint include:Requiring an 80 percent emissions reduction below 2005 levels by 2050:National climate legislation should include aggressive emissionreduction targets that can be achieved at manageable costs to theeconomy. The targets and timetables in the Blueprint are consistentwiththe schedule proposed by President-elect Obama.Allowing the ample use of offsets to manage program costs: Offsetsshould be used to help meet compliance obligations and should beenvironmentally additional, verifiable, permanent, measurable, andenforceable.
Other cost containment measures to limit price spikes andvolatility are detailed in the Blueprint.Using the value of emissions allowances to protect consumers andbusinesses while advancing climate program goals: USCAP believes thedistribution of allowance value should facilitate the transition to alow-carbon economy for consumers and businesses, provide capital tosupport new low- and zero-GHG-emitting technologies, and address theneed for humans and the environment to adapt to climate change. Asignificant portion of allowances should be initially distributed tocapped entities and particularly disadvantaged economic sectors. TheBlueprint identifies principles to guide the fair and equitableallocation of allowance value to mitigate costs to consumers andimpacted sectors of the economy.Creating incentives for technology development and deployment: Inaddition to outlining the design and function of a cap-and-tradesystem,the Blueprint details complementary measures for coal, technologytransformation, transportation, and buildings and energy efficiencythatare needed to facilitate rapid technology transformation and to ensurethat actual reductions in emissions occur across the economy. Thesemeasures are presented as necessary components of the cap-and-traderecommendations.A summary overview of the Blueprint for Legislative Action as well as the fulltext of USCAP's recommendations are available online at States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) is a group of businesses andleading environmental organizations that have come together to call on thefederal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to requiresignificant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.