*NEWS*HP ATTACKS WALGREEN & OFFICEMAX INK

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*NEWS*HP ATTACKS WALGREEN & OFFICEMAX INK

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    HP attacks Walgreen & OfficeMax ink
    Hewlett-Packard
    said Wednesday that it has discovered that retailers Walgreen Co. and
    OfficeMax have sold printer inks in their stores that infringe HP’s
    patents.Inks found in both Walgreens and OfficeMax refilling service
    stations infringe HP patents, the company said. HP is “working” with
    both retailers to resolve the infringement, it said.When asked if both
    retailers would be barred from selling third-party inks, an HP
    spokeswoman replied via email, “In response to your question, both
    retailers can do whatever they want as long as they don’t infringe an
    HP patent.”
    The infringing inks in question were not named.
    In
    May, HP’s Imaging and Printing group reported an operating profit of
    $1.0 billion and revenue of $6.7 billion for HP’s second fiscal quarter
    ended April 30. The unit’s operating profit rose from 12.7 percent of
    HP’s overall revenue a year ago, to its current point of representing
    15.5 percent of the company’s overall revenue.”HP protects its
    intellectual property wherever infringements are found,” said Pradeep
    Jotwani, senior vice president, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group at
    HP, in a statement. “Decades of research and development investment by
    HP have resulted in more than 4,000 patents related to printing
    supplies, allowing us to deliver the superior quality and reliable
    printing experience associated with original HP supplies.”The patent
    infringements were discovered as part of ongoing worldwide testing and
    enforcement efforts within HP that are designed to protect the
    company’s intellectual property rights, HP said. Over the past year,
    the same initiative has uncovered ink patent infringements by other
    companies that offer generic ink supplies through refilling stations or
    private label brands, the company said.