Lexmark reaches partial settlement in patent litigation

Lexmark International announced Tuesday it has reached settlements with 10 of the 24 companies it alleged last year were infringing on its patents.

The Lexington-based printermaker filed a complaint in August with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The commission has agreed to investigate the claims that the companies violated at least 15 of Lexmark's U.S. patents with replacement cartridges they produce and sell for Lexmark printers.

As part of the announced settlement, the 10 companies have agreed to a permanent injunction that will be entered in litigation that is ongoing in federal court in Ohio. While the companies do not admit any wrongdoing, according to a Lexmark statement, they "will not oppose Lexmark's efforts to secure an order from the ITC banning future importation of infringing cartridges."