New ‘Patent Troll’ OpenPrint Hits Up HP, OKI, Panasonic

According to The Recycler, OpenPrint LLC filed three lawsuits on August 3rd in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against HP Inc, OKI Data, and Panasonic for alleged patent infringement.

OpenPrint LLC is based in Plano, Texas.

The patents involved include: U.S. Patent No. 6,209,993 (the “993 Patent”) titled “Structure and Fabricating Method for Ink-Jet Printhead Chip,”U.S. Patent No. 8,547,601 (the “’601 Patent”) titled “Facsimile to E-Mail Communication System,” U.S. Patent No. 6,717,699 (the “’699 Patent”) titled “Method for Hybrid Printing,” U.S. Patent No. 6,023,345 (the “’345 Patent”) titled “Facsimile to E-Mail Communication System with Local Interface,” U.S. Patent No. 7,446,906 (the “’906 Patent”) titled “Facsimile to E-Mail Communication System with Local Interface,” U.S. Patent No. 6,381,313 (the “’313 Patent”) titled “Fax Routing System and Method using Standard Fax Machine and Personal Computer,” U.S. Patent No. 6,639,974 (the “’974 Patent”) titled “Fax Routing System and Method using Standard Fax Machine and Personal Computer,” and U.S. Patent No. 8,941,888 (the “’888 Patent”) titled “Facsimile to E-Mail Communication System with Local Interface.” All of the patents are owned by OpenPrint LLC.

OpenPrint LLC accuses HP Inc. of infringing upon the ‘993 patent with its HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 inkjet print head; it also alleges that the OfficeJet Pro 8600 infringes on the ‘601 patent.

OpenPrint also claims that the HP Indigo 12000, HP Indigo 7900, HP Indigo 5900, HP Indigo 50000, HP Indigo 20000, HP Indigo 8000, HP Indigo W7250, HP Indigo S6800p, HP Indigo 30000, HP Indigo 20000, HP Indigo 8000, HP Indigo WS6800, HP Indigo 7r, HP Indigo 6r, and HP Indigo 5r commercial printing presses all infringe on the ‘699 patent.

OpenPrint alleges Oki is infringing on  the ‘345 patent, ‘601 patent, and ‘906 patent with the OKI Data MC363dn, MC873dn, ES9465/ES9475, MB472w, MB492/MB562w, MB760+/MB770+, MC573dn, and MC770+/MC780+ printers.

It alleges that Panasonic infringes on the ‘345 patent, ‘906 patent, ‘601 patent, ‘313 patent, ‘ 974 patent, and ‘888 patent with the Panasonic UF-8200 and UF-7200 fax machines.

In all three cases, OpenPrint is requesting a jury trial, damages, and legal fees.

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