HP Inc. Wins Ink-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Suits Across the Globe

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Last week, HP Inc. reported that it won several ink-cartridge patent-infringement lawsuits across the globe.

In China, HP said it had reached a court-mediated settlement agreement with Speed Infotech of Shanghai. The settlement is the result of litigation filed by HP in early 2015 in the newly formed Shanghai IP Court regarding the distribution and sale of inkjet print-head cartridges manufactured by Microjet of Taiwan and compatible with the HP 816, HP 817, HP 860, HP 861XL, HP 818KXL (black), and HP 818XL(color) ink supplies.

Under the settlement, Speed Infotech agreed that the HP patents are valid and enforceable, that these and other products are covered by these patents, and that it would stop selling any products covered by those patents in China and other countries where those patents are registered. Speed Infotech has also withdrawn the products from the market, and HP received compensation from Speed Infotech.

A second patent infringement case filed by HP against Jingying Technology in the Shenzhen Intermediate Court is ongoing.

In Spain, the Commercial Court Nº 5 in Barcelona has returned a verdict of patent infringement of two HP patents by 11 different entities – primarily Tintas y Toner Shop Ink, S.L.U., which previously traded as, Ink Prime High Quality S.L.U., and Vasco Informática, S.L., both of Malaga. The court found that the products sold by the defendants infringe upon the HP patents. It also found that Tintas y Toner Shop Ink, S.L.U. had been fraudulently set up to elude and “launder” Ink Prime High Quality S.L.U.’s liability. The products involved are newly manufactured inkjet print-head 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 stop selling the infringing products and awarded damages to HP in the amount of €120,000.

In Poland, the court in Wroclaw returned a judgement of patent infringement against Bielany Wrocławskie-based Black Point S.A. regarding the sale of infringing inkjet print cartridges. As a result of finding that the products infringed upon HP patents, the court ordered Black Point S.A. to pay HP  60,524 PLN, together with interest representing the profits obtained from sale of infringing products. The judgment is not final.

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