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    HP resolves inkjet patent suit
    ALTO, Calif. Hewlett Packard Co. said Tuesday it resolved a patent
    dispute with a Chinese maker of inkjet printer cartridges.The
    settlement resolves a lawsuit HP filed in federal court last year
    against Chinese cartridge maker Ninestar Image Co., in which HP alleged
    Ninestar was violating HP’s patents for replacement printer cartridges
    that work with HP printers.

    Financial terms were not disclosed.
    HP’s request, the U.S. International Trade Commission also launched an
    investigation of the matter.In a prepared statement, HP said Ninestar
    agreed that HP’s parents were valid and would stop selling the
    cartridges in the U.S. and other countries.

    Hewlett-Packard Settles Inkjet Patent Suit

    said a Chinese maker of inkjet cartridges that had infringed H-P
    patents will no longer sell the offending wares in the U.S.H-P
    announced a settlement with Ninestar on Tuesday, nine months after
    suing the company in U.S. federal court and filing a complaint with the
    International Trade Commission. Ninestar makes replacement ink
    cartridges that are compatible with several H-P printers.According to
    H-P, Ninestar has acknowledged the validity of H-P’s patents and has
    agreed to stop selling the cartridges in the U.S. and in certain other
    countries where the patents are held.A representative from Ninestar,
    which is based in Guangdong, China, but has offices in Montclair,
    Calif., was not available for comment.Inkjet cartridges provide a key
    portion of H-P’s $6.2 billion annual profit, and the company regularly
    cracks down on companies it believes are infringing its
    patents.Tuesday’s settlement comes as H-P faces a new threat to its
    inkjet business. Photo giant Eastman Kodak has announced plans to sell
    inkjet printers and replacement cartridges. Kodak says its technology
    will allow it to sell replacement cartridges for half the price of
    those available today.