It’s Over: Memjet and HP Agree to Settle Page-Wide Inkjet-Printing Patent Dispute
After many months of contentious litigation, Memjet released a statement on June 30th indicating that it and HP Inc. have reached a settlement concerning page-wide ink-printing technology. According to Memjet, the global settlement includes the dismissal of all current actions between the parties and a cross-license. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
“We are pleased to have reached a settlement with HP,” stated Memjet CEO Len Lauer. “We will continue to stay focused on creating innovative printing technology that enables our customers to realize optimal speeds, quality and costs.”
The Memjet-HP legal battle began in August 2015, when Memjet filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against HP in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging that HP’s PageWide inkjet-printing technology infringed on eight Memjet page-wide inkjet-printing patents. Memjets OEMs its page-wide inkjet printing technology to a variety of manufacturers, including those in the office- and production-printing markets. In August 2015, HP counter-claimed those patents.
In May 2016, HP Inc. filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), requesting that the USITC conduct a 337 investigation concerning various Memjet-based inkjet printers, print heads, and ink cartridges. Last month, the USITC agreed to conduct such an investigation. During the course of the lawsuit, a German court also had agreed with Memjet, and banned importation for sale of HP page-wide printers into Germany, but HP later succeeded in reversing that ruling.
- June 2016: U.S. International Trade Commission to Investigate HP’s Memjet Patent-Infringement Claims
- June 2016: HP Names Memjet, Distributors, and OEMs in Complaint with U.S. International Trade Commission
- May 2016: HP Files Complaint with U.S. International Trade Commission, Seeks to Ban Importation of Memjet-Powered Products
- March 2016: HP Seeks to Have Memjet Page-Wide Printing Patent Claims Reviewed by U.S. Patent & Trade Office
- February 2016: German Court Lifts Injunction Barring HP from Selling PageWide XL Printers in Germany
- November 2015: German Court Rules HP Wide-Format PageWide XL Printers Infringe on Memjet Patent
- August 2015: Memjet Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against HP, Claims HP Infringed on Page-Wide Printing Patents