On February 11, Lodsys LLC, a Marshall, TX-based company, filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint names as defendants some big names from the printer and information technology (IT) industries, including Brother International, Canon U.S.A., Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hulu, Lenovo, Lexmark International, Motorola Mobility, Novell, Samsung Electronics, and Trend Micro. Some of the products that Lodsys claims infringe its intellectual property include printers and MFPs that use software that shares with the vendor information about supplies usage and/or helps users order supplies online. Some of the allegedly infringing MFPs use software that helps users to easily access various MFP functions or so-called Universal Print Drivers.
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