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,
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up the patent-exhaustion questions presented by Impression Products v. Lexmark International has resulted in a slew of legal filings, the latest of which is a brief by respondent Lexmark. Whereas Impression Products’ brief laid out the reasons why the Supreme Court should overturn the exceptions that the U.S.
The wave of amicus briefs filed in the Impression Products v. Lexmark International case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court continues. The latest party to weigh in on this key patent-exhaustion case is the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC), a non-profit trade association comprised of leading printer OEMs, including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Samsung, and