HP Settles Printer Ink Cartridge Patent Dispute
Hewlett-Packard has settled an ongoing patent dispute with three different vendors of printer ink cartridges. The agreement calls for these other vendors to stop selling certain types of printer ink and some vendors must pay HP. HP is still expecting to settle one case, but seven other patent disputes remain.Hewlett-Packard and three companies have settled several ongoing patent disputes concerning printer ink cartridges, although HP is still in legal action against seven other vendors for similar patent violations. HP announced on March 17 that it has ended its dispute with three companies and it is close to settling with a fourth vendor. The complaints stem from a Sept. 23, 2009, filing with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). The HP complaint specifically relates to the sale of HP 02 compatible inkjet supplies that HP claimed violated certain patents.
As part of the new agreement, HP announced that it had settled patent disputes with two companies-InkPlus Toner.com and Comptree Ink-concerning the sales of these specific types of inkjet cartridge. The two companies agreed to stop selling their versions of the ink cartridge and to pay HP an undisclosed amount of money.