Company and tech news from the region.
State to seek taxes from Web sales
Michigan and 17 other states have set Oct. 1 as the official start of a coordinated effort to collect more taxes from Internet and mail-order companies.
The Michigan Department of Treasury said representatives of 18 states voted on the Oct. 1 effective date of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.
The agreement’s goal is to simplify and modernize tax collection across state lines and set up a voluntary system to encourage sellers to collect and pay taxes. By law, Internet and direct-mail companies are not required to collect and remit sales taxes on transactions in states where they have no physical presence.
As of Oct. 1, companies will have access to an Internet-based point-of-sales tax registration for participating states and software to assist in sales-tax collection responsibilities. There also is an amnesty period for retailers that should be collecting taxes but aren’t.
SpamStopsHere releases enterprise edition
Ann Arbor-based Greenview Data Inc. released SpamStopsHere Enterprise Edition.
The company said the new product has an accuracy rating of over 99 percent and a false positive ratio of less than 1 in 100,000.
Syntel sues over trademark
Troy-based Syntel Inc. has filed suit to protect its branding slogan from being used by a Texas company.
Syntel filed a lawsuit against Austin, Texas-based Consider It Done Inc., an information-technology services company. “Consider IT Done” is a service mark that Syntel registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and has used since 1997, according to Syntel’s complaint.
Syntel is asking the court to rule that the Texas company going by the name Consider It Done is infringing on Syntel’s federal trademark and violating federal unfair- competition laws. Syntel says it wants the court to order Consider It Done to stop using the name because it is confusingly similar to Syntel’s branding slogan.
Ann Arbor Technologies sold
Industrial computer manufacturer Dynics Inc. has acquired competitor Ann Arbor Technologies for an undisclosed sum.
The purchase will provide Ann Arbor Technologies with more production capabilities, such as access to Dynics’ in-house sheet metal shop, the company said. It also will give Dynics access to Ann Arbor Technologies’ distributor base. That network consists of up to 37 distributors nationwide, compared with Dynics’ seven regional distributors before the acquisition.
A total of 30 employees from both companies moved in June to the former office of SaarGummi GmbH on Varsity Drive in Ann Arbor.
The 15,000-square-foot facility is larger than Dynics’ former 8,000-square-foot building and provides room to buy up to $400,000 in new equipment that will boost production capability.
Reliance teams with Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System signed a three-year contract to use technical services from Farmington Hills-based Reliance Software Systems Inc. (RelWare) to create a new electronic medical record.
RelWare is expected to provide consulting, architecture and Web-based clinical applications for a computerized provider-order entry system. The software architecture and development will be based on RelWare’s product line.
RelWare is a health care technology company that uses browser-based software to support physicians, clinicians and other health care providers.
Catuity faces Nasdaq delisting
Detroit-based Catuity Inc. faces delisting from the Nasdaq stock system for a third time in less than a year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
According to the filing, Catuity fell out of compliance with Nasdaq guidelines after the death of board member Alan Gilman, who died June 9, and the June 22 resignation of Chairman Duncan Mount.
Nasdaq rules require listed companies to maintain three independent directors on the audit committee of any publicly traded company. Gilman and Mount were members of the audit committee.
Catuity makes software used by retailers to maintain their shopper-loyalty programs.
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