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Epson, HP and Xerox lawyers in court again

June 28, 2021

OEM lawyers in the US are in the thick of it again either on the receiving end of complaints, or filing new ones.

First up, HP Inc. (HP) is back in court with a patent infringement complaint. K.Mizra LLC (Mizra) is alleging HP of patent infringement of its recently acquired “MFP-focused patents” from Sharp.

K.Mizra claims that multiple HP MFPs infringe its U.S. Patent No. 5,926,684 (“the ‘684 Patent”), U.S. Patent No. 7,064,874 (“the ‘874 Patent”), U.S. Patent No. 9,769,342 (“the ‘342 Patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 7,852,504 (“the ‘504 Patent”). The company further claims HP’s 116A cartridges infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,449,274 (“the ‘274 Patent”).

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division.

Next, Xerox has also been on the receiving end of a recently filed complaint by Callstat Solutions LLC who filed a complaint with the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division, alleging Xerox of patent infringement of its United States Patent Nos. 6,130,761 and 6,546,002.

Not to be deterred, a few days later American Patents LLC filed another complaint against Xerox, alleging that Xerox infringes its patents that generally pertain to communications networks and other technology used in “smart” devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, and smart appliances.

Finally, Epson is back in court defending its trademarks with a new complaint it filed on 18 June against Original Supply Inc. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court Eastern District of New York alleging Original Supply Inc. sells counterfeit ink cartridges and advertises them as “new”.

The court papers state that “Epson seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and monetary damages for Defendant’s false advertising, unfair competition, and counterfeiting under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114, 1125(a), arising from Defendant’s infringing resale of Epson ink products via online commerce sites including, but not limited to, www.amazon.com.”

All plaintiffs are demanding jury trial and are asking for damages.

Editor’s Opinion: We will let you know the outcome of these cases, but won’t report every twist and turn and filing and argument and counter argument unless it is relevant.

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags : Lawsuits North America OEM Patent infringement

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