HP ON THE ATTACK ……
HP ON THE ATTACK ……
2009-10-27 at 11:06:23 am #22633http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=azz69u1GuwhE
HP ON THE ATTACK ,GETS U.S. TRADE REVIEW ON PRINTER CARTRIDGES
09- Hewlett-Packard Co.’s complaint seeking to bar imports of certain
printer cartridges that it claims use protected technology won review
by U.S. trade officials.
The U.S. International Trade
Commission in Washington yesterday said it would investigate the
complaint brought last month by Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest
maker of personal computers and printers.“By instituting this
investigation, the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of
the case,” the agency said in a statement. The agency, set up to
protect U.S. markets from unfair trade practices, has the power to ban
imports that violate patents.
Hewlett-Packard’s patent rights
are being violated by 11 companies based in the U.S. and Asia, the
company said in a complaint filed in September.The companies “have
engaged in violations” through unlicensed imports, sales for
importation and sales in the U.S., Palo Alto, California-based
Hewlett-Packard said in its complaint.The company has filed
patent-infringement lawsuits against competitors including China-based
Ninestar Technology Co., South Korea’s InkTec Co. and Taipei-based Acer
The closely held companies that will
be reviewed by the ITC include China-based Zhuhai Gree Magneto-Electric
Co., Shanghai Angel Printer Supplies Co., Shenzhen Print Media Co.,
Zhuhai National Resources & Jingjie Imaging Products Co., Tatrix
International and Ourway Image Co.; Hong Kong-based Mipo International
Ltd.; Miami-based Mextec Group Inc.; and three companies in California,
InkPlusToner.com in Canoga Park, SmartOne Services LLC in Hayward and
Comptree Ink in the City of Industry.
The U.S.-based companies didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
case is In the Matter of Certain Inkjet Supplies and Components
Thereof, 337-691, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington).