The accused Pelikan products were new cartridges, as opposed to remanufactured, and had been sourced from a third party and imported into Germany. They were sold under the Pelikan brand and designated as H06 and H08 color cartridges. “At HP, we take our investment in intellectual property very seriously and are pleased to resolve this matter without extensive litigation,” said Michael Hoffmann, senior vice president, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “We will remain vigilant in monitoring Pelikan and others for possible patent infringement as part of our ongoing worldwide testing and enforcement efforts.”
Pelikan patent infringement
Pelikan’s admission of patent infringement comes just weeks after HP resolved another patent infringement lawsuit against Germany-based InkTec GmbH Zentrale and PCE Group. In that case, two InkTec entities and the PCE Group admitted to infringement and the validity of the HP patents in suit, agreed to pay HP an undisclosed sum and to stop selling infringing inks in Germany and other countries where such patents are held, and promised to withdraw infringing products from the market in those countries.
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