THE MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK, HP has is going after its cheap and cheerful rivals, claiming that they have nicked its technology.
HP has asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to have a look at some of the inkjet ink supplies and components that are being shipped to the Land of the Free.
The ITC has agreed to open an investigation into claims by HP that imports of some inkjet ink refills and cartridges infringe its patents. The complaint asks the ITC to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders that, if granted, will stop them from being imported into the US.
The products that have gotten HP's goat are made by Mipo, Mextec, Shanghai Angel Printer Supplies, Shenzhen Print Media, Zhuhai National Resources, Jingjie Imaging Products, Tatrix International, and Ourway Image. As you would expect from the names most of these outfits are in China. µ