NEW YORK (CNNfn) - A district court judge dismissed a suit Monday filed by Xerox Corp. alleging misuse of its technology by Hewlett Packard Co. in HP's inkjet color printers.
"This ruling validates the position HP has taken from the beginning," Antonio Perez, president and chief executive officer of HP's Inkjet said in a statement. "HP is the acknowledged worldwide inkjet leader and has developed substantially more inkjet technology than Xerox."
Xerox (XRX) filed the suit in May 1998, claiming that the cartridges used in HP's inkjets make use of proprietary Xerox technology. Xerox was seeking unspecified damages.
The ruling softens the blow for HP (HWP) of another court decision, again involving Xerox.
In August a judge ordered HP to hand over thousands of computer chips previously purchased by Xerox.
Xerox bought chips containing HP's technology for production of the Xerox DocuPrint NC60 color laser printer. But HP sued Xerox, also in May 1998, claiming the company had breached its licensing agreement and refused to sell more chips to Xerox.
But last month a judge ordered the chips to be turned over. The lawsuit continues, as well as three other patent-infringement disputes between the two companies.