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Xerox among filers challenging patent demands by firm

Rochester Business Journal
March 26, 2014

Xerox Corp., along with Ricoh Americas Corp. and Lexmark International Inc., has jointly filed two petitions with the United Sates Patent & Trademark Office Wednesday in an effort to combat patent licensing demands by MPHJ Technology Investments LLC.

This is the second in series of actions that the companies have undertaken to demonstrate their commitment to their customers and authorized dealer networks. Last May, Ricoh and Xerox filed action to nullify one patent and help disable MPHJ’s licensing campaign against its customers.
 
In addition, MPHJ’s business practices are currently under investigation or have previously been investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Attorneys General of Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Vermont, the three companies reported.
 
In a joint statement, the companies said: “Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark have clear positions on the protection of intellectual property. We feel strongly that the infringement claims are without merit and the licensing demands of MPHJ are unsubstantiated. We feel it is important to take this action to support our customers and dealer networks from these frivolous claims.”
 
Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark expect to continue to monitor MPHJ’s licensing efforts and will update their customers and authorized dealer networks with any further developments regarding the national office’s review.
 
 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.
 






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