HP settles ink patent dispute

HP settles a patent dispute over ink cartridges being imported into the U.S.

A patent dispute over Hewlett-Packard printer ink cartridges has been settled, with an investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission ruling in favor of HP.

The dispute centered around 11 companies accused importing into the U.S. and selling patent-infringing products, a section violation of the Tariff Act of 1930. HP filed its complaint in September.

Two of the 11 companies agreed to stop selling the cartridges and paid HP an undisclosed sum of money. A settlement with a third company is expected. A fourth company also agreed to not engage in future importation of the products. An administrative law judge entered default judgments against the remaining respondents.

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