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HP compromises with Polish remanufacturers over patent infringement

HP compromises with Polish remanufacturers over patent infringement

January 24, 2013

INGDMYFS0384Two distributors sign settlement agreement as lawsuit is filed against remanufacturer Black Point SA.

Polish news site Gazeta Wyborcza reports that HP has taken legal action against a number of Polish aftermarket companies, with the OEM claiming that its inkjet patents were infringed.

While HP has announced that it has taken up a lawsuit against Polish remanufacturer Black Point SA, agreements have already been reached between the OEM and two distributors of the cartridges in question, Action SA based in Krakow and AB SA, which operates in Wroclaw and Warsaw . The settlement sees both companies banned from independently producing cartridges and ink for certain newer models of HP inkjet printers, with AB SA being instructed to dispose of all stock involved in the case. According to the article, the order applies to all of the markets in which the companies operate, including Poland itself.

Both companies manufacture and sell their own brands of ink cartridges – ActiveJet and TB Print respectively, both of which are sold at prices far cheaper than OEM alternatives. The article states that the companies’ own brands of cartridges are “very popular in Polish shops” due to the lower prices, with an example being the original HP C5011DE sold at 82.55 z? ($26.24/€19.69), compared to an ActiveJet black cartridge from Action SA priced at just 41.33 z? ($13.14/€9.86).

While the companies are no longer allowed to sell the cartridge models stated by HP, Raphael Ornowski, who is responsible for the ActiveJet brand at Action SA, says that the company will continue to refill and sell other cartridges, refill kits and remanufactured inks “with a perfect quality […] therefore, users who have so far reached for brand new products now choose the latter [remanufactured cartridges]. So it does not have to translate into sales of our products.”

Among the cartridges no longer allowed to be sold by the companies and that are now involved in the case against Black Point SA are the HP 21, HP 22, HP 27, HP 28, HP 56, HP 57, HP 300, HP 301, HP 336, HP 337, HP 338, HP 339, HP 342 , HP 343, HP 344, HP 350, HP 351 and HP 901.

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