*NEWS*CRACK DOWN ON REFILLABLE CTG IND.

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*NEWS*CRACK DOWN ON REFILLABLE CTG IND.

 user 2005-11-01 at 9:55:00 am Views: 82
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    Crack down on refillable cartridge industry
    Two major manufacturers go for the jugular
    The pressure against manufacturers of compatible inkjet cartridges is being stepped up by major printer manufacturers.
    In
    the US, HP has accused a US cartridge reseller of refilling used
    printer cartridges with ink that relies on a formula for an HP-patented
    ink brand. HP wrote to Cartridge World and asked it to stop using inks
    with the same chemical composition that is found in its patented brand
    of Vivera inks.
    This is part of a broader move against manufacturers of compatible ink cartridges.
    In March, HP uncovered alleged patent infringement in certain InkCycle cartridges sold under the Staples brand.
    This
    case was resolved after InkCycle changed its ink formulations. and
    follows on from recent court action taken by Epson. Epson filed patent
    infringement proceedings in the English High Court against CybaHouse to
    stop the importation from China, and supply within the UK, of certain
    Epson compatible printer cartridges.
    Epson has now agreed to settle
    the case out of Court, based on undertakings from CybaHouse its sister
    company Nutronic Limited and their directors that they will cease
    trading in the Epson compatible cartridges. The settlement terms also
    include the payment by CybaHouse Limited of Epson’s legal costs plus an
    undisclosed sum in respect of damages. The full terms of the settlement
    are confidential.
    This case follows another brought by Epson which
    was also recently settled with Environmental Business Products. EBPL
    also agreed to stop importing and supplying Epson compatible ink
    cartridges