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CHINESE INK CTG MAKER CONTRADICTS EPSON

 user 2006-04-03 at 1:18:00 pm Views: 47
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    Chinese Ink Cartridge Makers Contradict Epson
    APRIL
    2006 –The lawsuit that Epson filed in the United States against
    Chinese ink cartridge manufacturers seems to take a favorable turn for
    the defendants.

    “We
    will publish advertisements on media to give publicity to our
    independently developed products next week,” revealed a top executive
    of Ninestar Image Co., Ltd. Epson’s ink cartridges also infringes on a
    patent of Ninestar Image, and the latter has collected enough evidences
    to wrestle with Epson, according to the executive
    .
    Japan-based
    Epson, along with its two subsidiaries in the United States, filed a
    lawsuit against 24 Chinese, German, and South Korean cartridge makers
    to the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in light of
    regulations of United States’ 1930 Tariff Law and Article 337 of its
    amendment, saying that their products impinged on nine patents of the
    United States. The three plaintiffs required ITC to launch the Section
    337 investigations on these products involved and to issue the “General
    Exclusion Order”. ITC has placed the case on file for investigation and
    prosecution on March 21 this year.
    “It seems that Epson has not
    changed its manufacturing method yet,” said the executive, who looked
    not so worried about the accusation of patent infringement as the other
    Chinese ink cartridge companies involved in the case.
    Since Epson
    possesses the core technology of ink cartridge products, Ninestar
    Image, in order to make its products compatible with Epson’s, adopts
    the patent technology of Epson in some of its products, according to
    sources.
    However, Epson also applies a patent belonging to Ninestar
    Image in several models of its products, but it is still unconscious of
    the patent infringement, revealed the executive. In an excuse of
    commercial confidentiality, he refused to disclose which patent was
    infringed on by Epson.
    Ninestar Image has employed two famous law
    offices in New York and Beijing separately to contradict the accusation
    of Epson. Based on the mutual infringement of patents, Ninestar Image
    is completely able to make application to ITC for selective exclusion.
    If
    Epson also impinged on the intellectual property right of Ninestar
    Image, the situation will turn in the favor of Ninestar Image
    definitely, said Cai Xiaomin, a director from the Guangdong Merchants
    Association.
    Most of Chinese ink cartridge makers not only pay no
    attention to the protection of intellectual property rights, but also
    wage price wars in the compatible ink cartridge market, according to
    industrial authorities. The immediate consequence is that ink cartridge
    prices drop sharply and a lot of companies are on the verge of losses.
    The
    top executive of Ninestar Image pointed out that after the Section 337
    investigations, the Chinese ink cartridge market would undergo a
    reshuffling for sure, and some companies attaching no importance to
    protecting intellectual property rights will be phased out possibly.
    About Ninestar Image
    Ninestar
    Image Co., Ltd. is a solely foreign invested company engaged in the
    production of printer consumables. With a total staff of over 2,000 it
    is committed to providing high- quality products and services to
    customers all over the world.
    Currently, Ninestar offers 10 ranges,
    1,000 items of G&G printer consumables to renowned brands, such as
    Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark, Xerox and Brother, including compatible
    inkjet cartridges for desktop printers, laser toner cartridges,
    cartridges for large format printers, refill kits, ribbon, toner, CDR,
    floppy, photo paper, remanufactured inkjet cartridges, and
    remanufactured laser toner cartridges. Now the production capability of
    inkjet cartridges can reach 10 million per month and that of laser
    toner cartridges 150, 000 per month