October 27, 2004

New Hearing in Lexmark v. Static Control [8:30 am]

Lexmark Injunction Overturned

In a blow to printer company Lexmark International, a federal appeals court overturned an order Tuesday that barred a North Carolina company from making computer chips for ink cartridge replacements.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ordered a new round of hearings in the case pitting Lexmark against Static Control Components, a privately held company based in Sanford, North Carolina.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Lexmark filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Static Control from competing for its remanufactured cartridge business. Lexmark accused Static Control of violating copyright law along with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

U.S. District Judge Karl Forester issued a preliminary injunction in March blocking Static Control from selling computer chips that match remanufactured toner cartridges for Lexmark printers.

Jason Schultz has all the vital bits from the opinion (including a link to it) over at CopyFight: Sixth Circuit reverses Lexmark DMCA Ruling, Lexmark ruling: Chock Full O’ Nuggets and More good Lexmark quotes.

CNet: Ruling on refilled printer cartridges touches DMCA

Later: Donna’s got links to most of the commenters; sadly, I still haven’t even had time to finish reading the opinion. Ed Felten’s post: Pro-Competition Ruling in Lexmark Case

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