U.S. Supreme Court to take up Lexmark patent case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case involving Lexmark International's patent on microchips inside its printers.

The high court's decision Monday keeps alive a dispute between the Lexington-based maker of printing and imaging products and software, and Static Control Components, a Sanford, N.C., company that specializes in remanufacturing laser printer toner.

Lexmark appealed a March 2012 decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to reinstate a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Static Control against Lexmark.

Lexmark spokesman Jerry Grasso said the company does not comment on litigation.

No one from Static Control could immediately be reached for comment.

The dispute centers on microchips placed inside toner cartridges sold by both Lexmark and Static Control. The two companies have battled in court for a decade over Static Control refilling and selling Lexmark products.