HP and Asia Pacific Microsystems, Inc. (APM) of Taiwan reached an amicable worldwide patent settlement to resolve ongoing patent litigation relating to HP’s inkjet print cartridges. As part of the settlement, APM, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corporation, acknowledged manufacturing infringing print cartridge components for a variety of customers and took immediate steps to halt production of the infringing components. As a result, HP agreed to dismiss APM from a pending patent infringement case in federal court in California.
HP also reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with LD Products, Inc. of California, a prominent online seller of aftermarket cartridges, regarding allegations by HP with respect to the sale of misidentified ink and toner cartridges and infringing ink cartridges. As part of the settlement, LD Products has agreed to change its sales practices with regards to selling aftermarket cartridges for HP printers, and additionally has agreed to cease the sale of a range of infringing inkjet ink cartridges.
“HP has always put a high premium on R&D—investing in technology that improves the overall experience for our customers. We are committed to protecting our brand and our customers,” said Matt Barkley, program manager, Worldwide IP and Brand Protection, Printing and Supplies, HP. “In order to protect our innovations, the superior quality of our products, and by extension, our customers, we will continue to defend our IP.”
These settlements are representative of HP’s ongoing efforts to protect its IP, as well as ensure a fair and transparent marketplace. HP also has been involved in vigorous IP protection actions in Brazil, Poland and Spain, where ligation, settlements and regular monitoring are ongoing.