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Gimme Vending Obtains Permanent Injunction Against Vendsys Developer Synectic Software Solutions

Posted On: 9/10/2017

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Gimme Vending LLC said a court has granted its request for a permanent injunction prohibiting Synectic Software Solutions Inc. from manufacturing, using, selling or offering any products that include Gimme's proprietary technology, including versions of the VendSys Mobile X App.

Atlanta-based Gimme Vending sued Quincy, MA-based Synectic, which provides software under the name VendSys, for breach of contract, alleging improper behavior in connection with a failed joint venture between the two technology companies involving their respective vending management systems. | READ MORE

After a two-day trial, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts found that Synectic had converted proprietary information owned by Gimme for its own use and specifically had included portions of Gimme's proprietary software in versions of the VendSys Mobile X App.

In connection with granting the injunction, the court stated, "Synectic has converted materials that are owned by Gimme to its own use. The demand for return and 'expungement' was sufficiently clear and the lack of right to these materials on the part of Synectic, once the joint venture had, as a functional matter, sputtered out, is sufficiently clear that those materials should have been returned accordingly."

As a result, the court entered a permanent injunction that requires Synectic to return any Gimme Keys in its possession and expunge from its computer systems and products, including certain versions of the VendSys Mobile X App, any of Gimme's proprietary software. Additionally, Synectic must provide notice to anyone who downloaded or who offers certain versions of the VendSys Mobile X App that they contain Gimme's proprietary information and that such versions may not be further downloaded or used.

"We are very pleased with the court's decision that recognizes Gimme Vending is entitled to an injunction," said Gimme cofounder and chief executive Cory Hewett. "This validates our right to protect the unique intellectual property we have worked so hard to develop."

Gimme Vending provides a cloud-based hardware and software system that delivers DEX data from a vender to an operation's headquarters as the driver completes service. Its plug-and-play Gimme Key and Gimme Drive app replace wired handhelds.