Memjet was the first to use a “waterfall mechanism” (Waterfall Printhead Technology) on its printheads, which allows accelerate the speed of large-format printing up to eight times, which presented an advantage in the current market. Hewlett-Packard shortly after, release a technology with the same principle, called PageWide: on the HP Designjet T3500 eMFP model.
Later Memjet sued Hewlett-Packard Company for violating its patent. But a few weeks ago, both sides reached an agreement including the dismissal of all current actions between the parties and cross-license. The terms were not disclosed to the public, however they published a statement establishing an agreement between them; and stating that Memjet created a whole new category of inkjet printing when it introduced its now-trademarked printhead technology.
“We are pleased to have reached a settlement with HP. We will continue to stay focused on creating innovative printing technology that enables our customers to realize optimal speeds, quality and costs.”
“HP vigorously defends its intellectual property and is pleased with the court’s ruling in our favor. We will now re-engage with our resellers and customers in Germany and offer HP’s PageWide XL printers and print heads that employ unique technology developed by HP over the last decades.”
Source: IRGA Today and Memjet®