HP, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer printers, has the latest printer.
It’s the HP Envy 2 Pro.
It also has a patent that’s about to be invalidated by a court in Texas.
In fact, HP has a chance to win a lot of this year’s patent-in-suit lawsuit against Apple, Microsoft, and the other companies it’s suing over its printers.
But that could soon change.
HP’s lawyers have filed an amicus brief in support of Apple, which has a much bigger patent portfolio than HP does.
The brief also argues that IBM’s current printers are too similar to HP’s printers to win in court.
The Envy Pro’s big difference is that it can use an optical printer as a standard.
It can print on a wide variety of substrates, including the metal plates that cover the back of most printers.
“I’m not sure it’s going to work, but we are prepared to do it,” said HP CEO Brad Smith in an interview with Ars Technica.
If HP loses, its future could be in question. “
The thing that’s so important is to get this right.”
If HP loses, its future could be in question.
The company has already filed an appeal of a Texas district judge’s ruling in its lawsuit.
That decision is scheduled to be appealed on Monday, so the court will be able to decide how to rule on the case by then.
In the meantime, the company has announced that it will continue making the Envy, which is available for $2,499.99 at HP’s online store.
HP has not revealed the final price of the Envoy Pro.
That’s because the patent is so broad, and because the company is waiting to see if the patent court is going to invalidate it, and it’s likely that the patent office will.
It may even decide to keep making it.
If it does, then it’s probably better for HP to wait and see.
The patent is the first of a growing number of patents that HP has filed against other companies, and HP has already lost at least one patent case against Apple.
It lost a case against Motorola in 2016.
IBM’s patent has been the subject of more than a dozen lawsuits since 2009.
The case against IBM has been settled.
The other cases are still pending.
The most recent patent-suit filed against HP came from an arbitration panel in San Jose, California, in 2016, and that case has been ongoing since last fall.
IBM also has filed lawsuits against Google, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba.
The cases against HP have not yet been decided.
Ars Technic’s John Gruber contributed to this report.