Hewlett-Packard has won an important ITC ruling in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit related to the Inkjet print cartridge.
In a press release, the company stated that the US International Trade Commission has given an Initial Determination regarding the sale and importation of inkjet cartridges.
The ITC ruling validated the patent claims filed by the company and named MicroJet Technology a direct infringer of the patents. Asia Pacific Microsystems was also named as a contributory infringer in the ITC ruling.
“HP is pleased with the outcome on these matters and the ITC’s pursuit of legal enforcement against practices that violate intellectual property rights,” said Andy Binder, director, Inkjet and Web Solutions Market Development, Imaging and Printing Group, HP, The Inquirer reports.
“We are committed to quality in our products and will continue pursuing action to protect HP’s innovations and, by extension, value to our customers.”
HP had filed a lawsuit on June 21, 2010 accusing the two companies off importing and selling HP compatible inkjet printer cartridges in the US which violated its patents, and the ITC launched an investigation into the complaints.
Even though the ITC has yet to give a final ruling on the matter, the two infringers will most likely have to pay HP damages for violating the patent and will be banned from exporting the infringing products to the United States.