Toshiba America Business Solutions announced on April 18 that it recycled nearly 228 metric tons of used toner products in 2017 through its “Zero Waste to Landfill” program, setting a new record for the company. While Toshiba did not report how much e-waste it collected in 2016, the amount it recycled in 2017 exceeds what
In May 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International. With its decision, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s decision in this case and remanded the case back for further proceedings. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, where Lexmark’s lawsuit accusing numerous
In January, Actionable Intelligence reported that HP had sent cease-and-desist letters to certain companies that sell remanufactured inkjet cartridges in Germany (see “HP Sends Cease-and-Desist Letters to German Remanufacturers”). At the time, we had heard about the general contents of these letters but did not have specifics. Now we do. Actionable Intelligence obtained a copy
This January, HP Inc. sent cease-and-desist letters to an unknown number of inkjet cartridge remanufacturers in Germany. The move marks an interesting new phase in HP’s patent-enforcement activity in Europe. The campaign also demonstrates that while in the United States patent holders may have lost the ability to retain U.S. patent rights after the first
At the end of May, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that took a major weapon long used to thwart aftermarket competitors out of printer OEMs’—and other patent holders’—arsenals. Since then, intellectual property (IP) attorneys have been busy contemplating how patent holders might be able to protect their businesses and IP using other strategies.
On October 2, Brussels-based EuroVAprint announced that the European Commission has confirmed that third-party remanufacturers of ink cartridges as well as OEMs must comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which regulates e-waste in Europe. In a press release, EuroVAprint, a nonprofit group that represents imaging equipment manufacturers with operations in Europe,
It has been nearly two months since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International (see “U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Impression Products and against Lexmark on Patent-Exhaustion Questions”). In a case that centered on whether remanufactured cartridges using cores sold with a single-use-only restriction and cores first sold
In a remarkable win for Impression Products, fellow remanufacturers, and those who would like to see limits placed on patent holders’ rights and a remarkable loss for Lexmark, fellow printer OEMs, and other patent holders that would like to see their patent rights expanded, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Impression Products v.
On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Impression Products v. Lexmark International. This case is about patent exhaustion—whether patent holders can retain their U.S. patent rights after a first sale. Put simply, the two questions the Supreme Court will have to decide are: Can a patent holder put a restriction or
With Impression Products v. Lexmark International headed toward oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 21, all eyes are on this key case that has the potential to reshape the rules for the patent-exhaustion doctrine in the United States. In recent weeks, we have covered the briefs filed by the petitioner, Impression Products,