HP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST INK-REFILLER

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HP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST INK-REFILLER

 user 2006-11-09 at 12:24:00 pm Views: 57
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    HP files patent suit against DIY ink refiller
    Suit filed in Germany; similar cases have failed in U.S.
    November 2006 Hewlett-Packard
    Co. is taking legal action against a German subsidiary of a Korean
    company for violating HP’s printer ink patents.HP Wednesday filed a
    formal complaint in Germany’s court system alleging that InkTec
    Corp.-branded “do-it-yourself” cartridge refill kits violate HP’s
    patents. Even though InkTec is in South Korea, HP filed the complaint
    in Germany because that’s where the suspect ink cartridges were
    found.HP said the discovery of the infringing InkTec products is the
    result of ongoing testing and enforcement efforts within the Supplies
    unit of HP’s Imaging and Printing Group. 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.Both its inks and ink cartridges are highly engineered
    and protected by multiple patents, HP said. They are considered the
    highest-margin products sold by HP, which also sells desktop and
    notebook computers, servers and storage technology, printers and other
    products.Because replacement cartridges cost $30 or more apiece,
    numerous businesses have sprung up in recent years to refill existing
    cartridges for sometimes half the price of a new cartridge. In the
    U.S., printer vendor Lexmark lost Digital Millennium Copyright
    Act-based case against third-party toner refiller Static Control
    Components in 2005. HP also settled a ink-refill patent suit with
    InkCycle in 2005.InkTec is a provider of inks, remanufactured
    cartridges and cartridge refill kits whose stock trades on the Korean
    stock exchange.