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CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonThe Supreme Court's June 1 decision (7-1) ended decades of Lexmark lawsuits, rejecting its assertion that it controls use of empty cartridges once sold. Lexmark has been involved in dozens of lawsuits. The implications are very wide ranging for most products, not just cartridges, and what manufacturing companies can and can no longer assert an end user/buyer can do with a product.

The effects are not limited to the ink and toner cartridge aftermarket industry nor the original cartridge producers. It also applies for every other product one purchases and uses and any effort to "repair or repurpose" the product. So patent coverage and associated assertions or limitations extend only as far as the original sale.

A slight irony of this is that Lexmark, after shutting down its ink printer division and other "strategic moves", is now owned by a Chinese replacement chip company and growing dominant player in all aspects of the ink and toner cartridge aftermarket.

We can shed some light on this issue.

Cartridge Network a full-service independent, non-franchise operation, sells and services printers and copiers. "We stock dozens of different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a buyer's needs and then explore alternatives to best meet their needs."

We stock several thousand different cartridges. Shipping is free.

For more on the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, visit the following links:

www.wired.com/2017/06/impression-v-lexmark/

>wirthconsulting.org/2017/05/30/supreme-court-rules-in-impression-products-v-lexmark-patent-rights-exhausted-by-domestic-and-foreign-sales/

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