HP Settles Inkjet Patent Dispute

Paul Lilly

Hewlett Packard on Thursday said it has reached a " substantial resolution " in the patent case, with the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling in HP's favor.

HP's dispute involved 11 companies, each of which was accused of importing into the U.S. and selling patent-infringing products.

Two of the companies -- InkPlusToner.com and Comptree Ink --entered into a settlement agreement with HP in which they will no longer sell the disputed cartridges and pay HP an undisclosed sum of money. A settlement with a third company is expected, and a fourth company agreed to stop importing the disputed cartridges. As for the remaining companies, a judge entered default judgments against them.

"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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