HP Settles Patent Complaint with Knock-Off Cartridge Makers

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Hewlett Packard (HP) announced today it resolved three patent violation complaints against companies that were either selling or importing ink cartridges that HP claims infringed on its HP 02 inkjet cartridge patent rights. 

Two of the companies, InkPlusToner.com and Comptree Ink, agreed to pay HP an undisclosed amount for damages as well as to stop selling the knock-off cartridges in the U.S. HP expects to reach a similar agreement with SmartOne Services, another company found to have violated HP’s patent rights.

An administrative law judge of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), which initially investigated HP’s complaints, approved another company’s motion, Zhuhia Gree Magneto-Electric, to cease further investigation into patent violations, provided the China-based manufacturer agreed not to import any offending products to the U.S.

Last September, HP filed a complaint with the ITC, accusing 11 companies of violating HP’s 02 inkjet cartridge patent rights. In a press release, HP claimed it expects “a satisfactory remedy” with the seven remaining cartridge makers.

“HP is pleased with the outcome on these matters, and remains committed to vigorously pursuing legal enforcement against practices that do not respect HP’s IP rights,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Web Services Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.

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