April 29, 2019
The OEM has issued a response to the rulings from the Supreme Court of the Netherlands last week.
The Court ruled in favour of webshop 123inkt.nl, which had been the subject of a lawsuit from HP amid allegations that the memory chip on 123inkt’s private-label cartridges infringed one of its patents.
The case was heard in the Supreme Court following previous victories for 123inkt.nl at the District Court of The Hague and the Court of Appeals of The Hague.
Earlier this month, the Dutch Supreme Court upheld the earlier judgement from the Court of Appeal of The Hague in 123inkt’s favour, meaning that the HP patent on the chip is indeed invalid and that 123inkt does not infringe any patent.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the OEM released a defiant statement:
“We disagree with the court’s ruling,” declared the company, which said it has “successfully enforced the same European patent in other countries and is studying this ruling to understand the basis for their decision, particularly given the court’s finding that our patent is valid.”
“HP makes a tremendous investment in developing innovative products for our customers and we will continue to actively protect our intellectual property rights in the Netherlands and abroad,” the company statement concluded.
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