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Memjet Breaks Silence on HP Patent Infringement
November 18, 2015
We originally reported on the news that Memjet and HP were at odds back in August when the news originally broke about the lawsuit. According to The Recycler in a posting from last Friday they were able to get in touch with Kambiz Izadi, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Memjet who said that it was unclear at this point how long the litigation will take. Izadi told the site that the length “‘?depends on the actions of both parties’&rdquo.
At the center of the debate is the printing technology used by both companies to allow for printing of pages at speeds of up to 60 ppm (1 second per page) and beyond. Memjet was the first company to introduce PageWide printing when they debuted their printhead that spans the width of a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper with over 70,400 nozzles firing ink onto the paper. HP introduced its own PageWide technology back in 2013 with its Officejet Pro X Series of printers and continued with development for their T-Series of commercial wide-format printers. Memjet notes that HP has publicly said it intends to use this technology throughout its printing portfolio in both new wide-format printers and also in its forthcoming 3D printers set to debut in 2016.
Izadi stated, "the litigation on our side has to do with (our) PageWide waterfall printing technology. That’s our general technology and that’s the patents that we’re claiming are around." At present, the company has no other similar cases dealing with these patents which would seem to indicate the company is fairly certain there has been an infringement on some level. Anyone that has looked at Memjet like we have since they came more fully onto the scene knows that a large part of their business model has been extensive research and development which has led to the awarding of thousands of patents for various technologies.
Given the actions by Memjet, HP for their part has filed a counterclaim accusing Memjet of infringing on its patents. Izadi remarked with regards to the HP counterclaim, "I can’t really comment on the specifics of the litigation and strategy, but I would say generally, in patent litigation, it’s not uncommon if one party makes a claim that the other party would do the same."
The Recycler reporter, Neal McChristy, who was in contact with Memjet concludes that when reaching out to HP he was told that the company does not comment on ongoing legal cases. In other words, this may be all the industry hears about these claims until some type of resolution is reached, though it does not appear likely that it will happen soon.