HP SETTLES WITH 2 S.CALIF FIRMS OVER INK CARTRIDGE IMPORTS

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HP SETTLES WITH 2 S.CALIF FIRMS OVER INK CARTRIDGE IMPORTS

 user 2010-03-22 at 11:36:57 am Views: 45
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    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/h-p-resolves-inkjet-cartridge-patent-dispute-2010-03-18?reflink=MW_news_stmp
    HP SETTLES WITH 2 S.CALIF FIRMS OVER
    INK CARTRIDGE IMPORTS

    SAN FRANCISCO
    — Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday said it has “reached substantial
    resolution” of disputes related to its claim that inkjet ink cartridges
    imported and sold by 11 companies infringed on the company’s patents.

    H-P
    said the settlements involved U.S.-based companies, as well as firms
    based in Mexico and China, that the tech giant said imported H-P 02
    compatible inkjet ink supplies that allegedly infringed its patents.The
    Palo Alto, Calif.-based H-P had filed a complaint against the companies
    with the U.S. International Trade Commission in September 2009.
    Two
    companies, InkPlusToner.com and Comptree Ink, have agreed that H-P
    patents are “valid and infringed,” will stop selling the disputed
    cartridges and have paid the company “an undisclosed sum of money,” H-P
    said in a release. The company said it expects to complete a similar
    settlement with SmartOne Services.

    An administrative law judge
    also has approved a motion to terminate the investigation of Zhuhai Gree
    Magneto-Electric Co. Ltd. of China based on an agreement “in which it
    agrees not to engage in the future importation of the relevant
    products.”

    The judge entered “default judgment” against seven
    respondents, H-P said. The company said it expects “a satisfactory
    remedy from the ITC in the form of an exclusion order against the
    products at issue from the accused companies.”In a prepared statement,
    Stephen Nigro, an H-P senior vice president, said the company “remains
    committed to vigorously pursuing legal enforcement against practices
    that do not respect H-P’s IP [intellectual property] rights.”

    Kaufman
    Bros. analyst Shaw Wu said the resolution was a “positive
    development.”"There’s a lot of copying that goes on without
    consequence,” he said. “That totally defeats the purpose of
    innovation.”The resolution also “makes it more costly for cloning and
    makes buyers in the channel a little more leery.”


    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704207504575129383159533838.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines
    Hewlett-Packard Resolves
    Printer-Cartridge Patent Complaint

     Hewlett-Packard
    Co. settled its lawsuit against several printer-cartridge makers and
    expects the International Trade Commission to rule against the rest
    after complaining their products infringed on H-P patents.

    InkPlusToner.com
    and Comptree Ink, both of California, agreed they had violated H-P’s
    intellectual property and would stop selling the cartridges. They also
    paid the company an undisclosed sum of money. H-P said it expects
    SmartOne Services, another California company, will settle with the same
    terms.

    Chinese firm Shuhai Gree Magneto-Electric Co. said it
    won’t import the relevant products anymore, which lead to a judge
    granting its motion to end the International Trade Commission’s
    investigation into H-P’s complaint.

    A judge ruled against seven
    remaining companies based in China, Hong Kong and Florida. After the
    trade commission reviews the ruling, H-P said it expects the commission
    will issue an exclusion order against the companies to prevent them from
    selling the products.

    An H-P executive said the company was
    pleased with the outcome and “remains committed to vigorously pursuing
    legal enforcement” against practices that fail to respect its
    intellectual-property rights.