HP-Memjet Page-Wide Inkjet-Printing Investigation Formally Dismissed
Last month, Memjet reported that it and HP Inc. had reached global settlement that included a dismissal of all current lawsuits between the parties, with the terms of the settlement being confidential. Lexology now reports that Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles E. Bullock officially terminated the case at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on August 1st, issuing orders to terminate the USITC’s investigation based on the settlement agreement. Bullock also granted HP a motion to end the investigation because of HP’s withdrawal of its complaint that accused Memjet and its various OEMs of infringing upon HP page-wide inkjet-printing patents. The patents included those relating to HP inkjet printers, print heads, inkjet cartridges, and components.
The USITC had begun investigating the matter on behalf of HP in July. HP was trying to stop Memjet and its OEM partners from importing and selling in the United States various Memjet and OEM page-wide inkjet printers that HP alleged infringed on its patents.
The legal disputes between HP and Memjet began in August 2015, when Memjet filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against HP, alleging that HP was infringing upon eight Memjet patents related to page-wide inkjet printing. HP subsequently filed a patent-infringement counterclaim against Memjet in October 2015. Later on in November 2015, the District Court of Munich in Germany granted Memjet a preliminary injunction barring HP from selling its PageWide XL printers in Germany. HP however succeeded in lifting that injunction with a favorable ruling from the Regional Court in Munich, which ruled that HP PageWide XL products didn’t appear to infringe on the Memjet patents.
- July 2016: It’s Over: Memjet and HP Agree to Settle Page-Wide Inkjet-Printing Patent Dispute
- 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