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.


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