HP, Expansys waiting on the judge
End of grey market dispute in sight?
Expansys and Hewlett Packard are awaiting a High Court judge’s ruling on their grey marketing court spat.
HP sued Manchester-based Expansys earlier this year for importing iPaqs from outside Europe. HP claims, amongst other things, that this infringes its trademarks. HP has been on the warpath over so-called grey marketing recently.
While it was earlier expected the case would be settled more or less amicably, this was not the case, and UK trade magazine Microscope reports that the two firms had their day in court last week.
The case was heard by Mr Justice Laddie, who has now retired to his chambers to consider his ruling. Laddie is, apparently, about to retire which either means a verdict will be handed down fairly quickly, or that it will be bounced onto another judge. dragging out the process until we're all grey. More details from Microscope here.®