HP crows as Xerox loses War of the Printheads

My patents are bigger than yours

A New York Court yesterday dismissed an IP suit concerning -- get this -- inkjet printheads, filed by Xerox against Hewlett Packard. Xerox says it will appeal. The spat concerns patent number 5,030,971, which covers Xerox's multi-colour thermal inkjet print-head technology, As is so often the case, the judge's ruling has not stopped the name calling. And Xerox and HP have indulged in some serious willy-waving in public, (albeit through the rather disappointing medium of the corporate press release). Xerox said it expects the ruling to be reversed on appeal, and notes that it has one of the world's largest portfolios of patented technology. In 1998, along with its Japanese-based partner, Fuji Xerox, the company earned 1,046 patents. This the fourth largest number awarded to any American company. In return, Antonio Perez, HP's president and CEO, declares that HP is the "acknowledged world wide inkjet technology leader and has developed substantially more inkjet technology than Xerox". So there. ®

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