*NEWS*EPSON HITS ONLINE INK CTG RETAILERS

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*NEWS*EPSON HITS ONLINE INK CTG RETAILERS

 user 2006-05-03 at 11:34:00 am Views: 40
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    Epson Hits Online Ink Cartridge Retailers
    Seiko
    Epson has succeeded in getting four online retailers of printer ink
    cartridges to stop selling a number of third-party ink cartridges
    designed for use in Epson printers, the Japanese company said Friday.

    The
    four retailers are in Germany and agreed in out-of-court settlements to
    stop selling the cartridges, which Seiko Epson asserts infringe upon
    its intellectual property. The retailers are GEPOC Gesellschaft fur
    Polymerchemie GmbH in Aachen, BWD Computer in Arnsdorf, Tintenshop
    Lohne in Bielefeld and Tinten-Toner Vertrieb in Bochum, Epson said in a
    statement.
    The action is the latest in a string of successful
    attempts by the Japanese company to stamp out sales of unlicensed ink
    cartridges in Europe and the United States.
    Earlier this year, Epson
    filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against
    24 companies that manufacture, import or distribute aftermarket ink
    cartridges for sale in the United States and filed a case in the
    English High Court against Medea International. In 2005, Epson
    succeeded in reaching out of court settlements with companies in the
    United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
    The sale of ink refills is a lucrative
    business for printer makers such as Epson. It’s also an important part
    of the business model typically used where little or no profit is made
    on the printer itself but later recouped on cartridge sales. Trading of
    unlicensed cartridges threatens to upset this business model.
    In a
    statement, Epson said it welcomes competition from companies that are
    willing to license its technology to produce compatible ink cartridges
    but will continue to “vigorously pursue” its rights against companies
    that infringe upon its intellectual property rights.
    Last week,
    Seiko Epson reported its first net loss in four years, in part because
    of falling prices for printer-only products as consumers switch to
    multifunction models. As a result, Epson plans to reduce in the next 12
    months the number of stand-alone printers it offers, it said.