Proto Labs Reaches Settlement with ICO Products on Quoting Technology

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Digital manufacturing company Proto Labs, Inc. (PRLB) and ICO Products, an Ohio-based plastic injection molding manufacturer, have reached an agreement to settle an ongoing patent infringement dispute related to Proto Labs’ proprietary quoting technology.

As a result of this settlement, Proto Labs received monetary compensation and an equity stake in ICO Products with a future option to take a larger stake in the company. Concurrent with the agreement, ICO Products enters into a license agreement with Proto Labs granting ICO Products rights to continued use of certain aspects of Proto Labs’ proprietary technology in its quoting system.

Proto Labs founded its company in 1999 anchored by its automated quoting software that analyzes 3D CAD models to determine real-time pricing and provide interactive design for manufacturability feedback in less than 24 hours.

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