HP Fights Infringing Cartridges in Europe

On the first day of the PaperWorld show, HP announced a number of legal actions taking place over illegal inkjet cartridges being sold in Europe.

According to HP, their two cases against German based BestUse have ended with the court in Düsseldorf ruling in favour of all HP’s claims and  ordering BestUse to pay legal costs, and hand over information to HP regarding its suppliers. HP said, “The first case regarded the sale of inkjet cartridges that infringe HP patents. The second case pertained to the sale of newly made inkjet cartridges as ‘remanufactured’.“

Further, 6 companies in Poland have reached a settlement with HP over the sale of infringing inkjet print cartridges. They have agreed to stop selling products in those countries where HP patents are registered and also agreed to destroy any stocks remaining.

HP says litigation against the owner of the Polish brand Black Point continues, relating to HP’s integrated printhead inkjet cartridges.

HP’s Matt Barlkley, Worldwide IP and Brand Protection, HP told Recycling Times at the show, “HP remains committed to ensuring its investments in high technology products and intellectual property remain protected, and thus HP continues to be a differentiated supplier of innovative printing solutions to its customers. As the appeal of HP’s printing solutions continue to grow around the world, so do our efforts to protect HPs customers and valued channel partners.”

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