HP Wins Worldwide Patent Litigations

HP’s ongoing legal fight to combat the sale of infringing inkjet cartridges now bears fruit.

HP has claimed that it wins a series of worldwide patent litigations in this regard.

In China, HP has reached a court mediated settlement agreement with Speed Infotech of Shanghai. Acknowledging the validity and enforceability of the related HP patents, Speed Infotech agreed to cease offering or selling any products covered by those patents in China and other countries where those patents are valid. In early 2015, HP filed a lawsuit to the newly formed Shanghai IP Court regarding the distribution and sale of inkjet printhead cartridges manufactured by Microjet of Taiwan compatible with the HP 816, HP 817, HP 860, HP 861XL, HP 818KXL (black) and HP 818XL(color) ink supplies.

The Spain Commercial Court No.5 in Barcelona has determined that two of HP patents were infringed by 11 different entities, primarily two companies in Malaga, namely Tintas y Toner Shop Ink, S.L.U. and Vasco Informática, S.L. The products involved are newly manufactured inkjet printhead cartridges compatible with various HP print cartridges, including the HP 21, HP 22, HP 56 and HP 57 ink supplies manufactured by Microjet of Taiwan. The court has ordered all of the parties to cease sale of the infringing products and has awarded a €120,000 (US $ 135,412.53) damages to HP.

In Poland, the court in Wroclaw has returned a judgement of patent infringement against Bielany Wrocławskie-based Black Point S.A., regarding the sale of infringing inkjet print cartridges. The court has ordered the company to pay HP an amount of 60,524 PLN (US $15,899.34) together with interest representing the profits obtained from sale of infringing products. The judgment is not final.

Matt Barkley, worldwide IP and brand protection program manager, HP. said, “HP invests billions of dollars in developing innovative products for our customers and that innovation is a key differentiator for HP products. We remain committed to protecting HP’s valuable intellectual property worldwide.”


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