HP and Other Defendants, Cleared of Printing Patent MDL
The Federal Circuit sustained a summary judgment that cleared Hewlett Packard (HP) as well as other companies from patent infringement accusations brought upon them by a patent owner.
In Re: Industrial Print Technologies, LLC, Patent Litigation
Federal Circuit Upholds HP’s Victory
A federal judge HP of charges that the company and its customers infringed on several printing patents owned by Industrial Print Technologies LLC (IPT).
IPT attempted to appeal the judge’s ruling, arguing they disregarded evidence and read phrases too narrowly, which would have aided their case otherwise. The charges against HP and its customer O’Neil Data Systems Inc. were initially filed in 2014, with IPT later naming additional HP customers as defendants.
The patents under examination were five patents relating to variable data printing — which were included in allegations made against each defendant — as well as two patents relating to inkjet printing that were included in claims lodged by IPT against HP and O’Neil.
Although all of the claims were eventually consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL), IPT later dismissed all but two of the lawsuits — one against HP and O’Neil and another against HP and its customer Quad/Graphics Inc.
HP Customers to Receive Attorney Fee
Two of HP’s customers were also granted attorney’s fees in connection with the Industrial Print Technologies Patent Multidistrict Litigation . A judge found IPT committed misconduct by taking an unreasonable amount of time to dismiss the complaints.
IPT’s misconduct imposed litigation costs on Cenveo and O’Neil when they were entitled to be free of them. Thus, except for IPT’s failure to drop the litigation with Cenveo and O’Neil in a timely manner, they would have spent no attorneys’ fees after May 1, 2016.
However, IPT objected to this decision, claiming that the fees incurred by customers would have been the same regardless of the outcome. HP responded positively to the Federal Circuit’s decision to maintain the dismissal.
As a result, the Court awarded Cenveo, Inc. and O’Neil Data Systems, Inc. $363,778.20 in attorneys’ fees.
Editor’s Note on HP Wins The Industrial Print Technologies Patent Multidistrict Litigation:
This article is written to inform you of the Federal Circuit’s decision to clear HP and its customers in MDL over alleged infringement of several printing patents. We also recommend you read the HP Ink Lawsuit.
Case Name & No.: IN RE: Industrial Print Technologies, LLC, Patent Litigation, Case Number: 3:15-md-02614
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Allegations: HP and its customers allegedly infringed printing patents owned by Industrial Print Technologies LLC
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