MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has announced a victory in defending its turf in the US.
The firm has announced that it has won a "favorable review" by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that covers the importation and sale of patent infringing inkjet print cartridges.
The ITC has agreed with HP that a firm called Asia Pacific Microsystems (APM), which is part of Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corporation, is a "contributory infringer" of HP patents that cover the manufacture of inkjet printheads. It also agreed with the firm's suggestion that APM was "liable for inducing infringement by other companies in supplying inkjet printheads".
Two other firms were named and censured in the ITC ruling, MicroJet Technology Co and PTC Holdings Limited. These companies are direct infringers of HP's patents in the manufacturing and/or sale of inkjet print cartridges, according to HP.
"HP makes a tremendous investment in developing innovative products for our customers and is committed to pursuing action to protect these innovations and, by extension, the value we deliver to our customers," said Vyomesh Joshi, EVP of HP's Imaging and Printing Group.
"HP is pleased with the outcome on these matters and the ITC's enforcement of intellectual property rights." µ