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HP Resolves Ink Patent Infringement Suit Against Pelikan

7 Aug, 2007

HP Resolves Ink Patent Infringement Suit Against Pelikan

On August 2nd, HP announced that Germany-based Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland GmbH and the Swiss Pelikan Hardcopy (International) AG have admitted claims asserted by HP in an action for patent infringement filed with the Düsseldorf Regional Court in Germany.

Based on this admission, the court issued a judgment ordering Pelikan to stop importing and distributing the infringing cartridges and to pay damages to HP. Pelikan also was ordered to recall all infringing products that might still be in the distribution channel.

In May, HP alleged that Pelikan infringed multiple HP patents related to the print cartridges and the ink formulation found in Pelikan products. Pelikan has admitted HP’s claims regarding all patents. The accused Pelikan products were new cartridges, as opposed to remanufactured, and had been sourced from a third party and imported into Germany. They were sold under the Pelikan brand and designated as H06 and H08 color cartridges.

"At HP, we take our investment in intellectual property very seriously and are pleased to resolve this matter without extensive litigation," said Michael Hoffmann, senior vice president, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “We will remain vigilant in monitoring Pelikan and others for possible patent infringement as part of our ongoing worldwide testing and enforcement efforts.” ntries where such patents are held, and promised to withdraw infringing products from the market in those countries.

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