[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 77 (Friday, April 20, 2012)]
[Page 23754]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9521]



Antitrust Division

Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and 
Production Act of 1993--3D PDF Consortium, Inc.

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 27, 2012, pursuant to Section 
6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 
15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (``the Act''), 3D PDF Consortium, Inc. (``3D 
PDF'') has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney 
General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities 
of the parties to the venture and (2) the nature and objectives of the 
venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the 
Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to 
actual damages under specified circumstances.
    Pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties 
to the venture are PROSTEP AG, Dolivostr, Darmstadt, GERMANY; Adobe 
Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA; Anark Corporation, Boulder, CO; 
Aras Corporation, Andover, MA; Tetra 4D, LLC, Seattle, WA; Tech Soft 
3D, Berkeley, CA; and EOS Solutions Corporation, Rochester, MI.
    The general areas of 3D PDF's planned activity are (a) to 
demonstrate the value and promote the use of products complying with 
standards enabling three dimensional representation, such as 3D PDF, 
the PRC data format, and PDF/E 2.0 (``Specifications''); (b) to 
communicate information regarding the updating and the development of 
existing and additional Specifications beneficial to providers and 
consumers of three dimensional rendering solutions; and (c) to educate 
international standards committees and government bodies about the 
needs of developers and users of Specification-compliant products and 
    In support of these purposes, 3D PDF may engage in some or all of 
the following activities: (a) Host committees that develop materials in 
support of 3D PDF's mission; (b) operate a branding program based upon 
distinctive trademarks to create high customer awareness of, demand 
for, and confidence in products designed in compliance with 
Specifications; (c) create printed and electronic materials for 
distribution to members and non-members; (d) maintain its own Web site; 
(e) coordinate the promotion of Specifications among members and non-
members, as well as create basic marketing promotional collateral 
(e.g., both web pages as well as tangible materials); (f) maintain 
relations with standard-setting organizations and industry consortia to 
promote coherence among Specifications; and (g) undertake such other 
activities as the Board of Directors may from time to time approve. 3D 
PDF is not engaged in and does not intend to engage in production 

Patricia A. Brink,
Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-9521 Filed 4-19-12; 8:45 am]