HP WINS GERMAN LEGAL BATTLE OVER PELIKAN INK CARTRIDGES

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HP WINS GERMAN LEGAL BATTLE OVER PELIKAN INK CARTRIDGES

 user 2008-09-03 at 3:14:17 pm Views: 47
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    http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000000091,39482898,00.htm
    HP wins German legal battle over ink
    A
    German court has ordered ink and stationary supplier Pelikan Hardcopy
    Deutschland to stop advertising certain inkjet print cartridges as
    ‘remanufactured’ products from HPA German regional court has ruled in
    favour of HP in its action against Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland, saying
    the ink and stationary supplier had violated the German law on unfair
    competition.The Cologne Regional Court has ordered Pelikan to “cease
    labelling certain newly manufactured inkjet print cartridges as
    ‘remanufactured’”, according to a statement from HP on Thursday.

    The
    US company said it had discovered that Pelikan marketed and sold new
    print cartridges in packaging that claimed the new cartridges were
    remanufactured products from HP.HPsaid it initiated the unfair
    competition action against Pelikan last summer after Pelikan “refused
    HP’s request to voluntarily give an undertaking to cease its misleading
    advertising”.The cartridges at the heart of the action were sold under
    the designations H06 and H08 and were the subject of a
    patent-infringement proceeding brought by HP against Pelikan in Germany
    last year. Back in August 2007, a court in Germany ordered Pelikan to
    stop importing and distributing these cartridges following what HP
    called Pelikan’s “admission of patent infringement”. The legal dispute
    then continued with the unfair competition case.Pelikan has been a
    supplier of ink and printing products in Germany for more than 150
    years. The company sells a wide range of paper products as well as ink
    cartridges. It also sells a wide range of cartridges that can be
    re-filled, from companies such as Canon and Epson as well as HP.