EPSON TARGETS COUNTERFEIT CTGS !

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EPSON TARGETS COUNTERFEIT CTGS !

 user 2007-03-01 at 11:15:00 am Views: 57
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    Epson targets counterfeit cartridges in Australia and NZ
    Epson
    Australia is following through strongly on Epson’s global push to deter
    counterfeit copies and patent infringements of the ink and cartridge
    technology used in Epson inkjet printers.In Australia and New Zealand
    Epson employs private investigators to trace sales of possible
    counterfeit cartridges and help prosecute offenders. Epson is also
    looking at imported non-genuine cartridges being sold as compatible
    with Epson printers to see if they violate any of Epson’s patents. This
    follows Epson’s successful actions on patent infringements
    internationally.In the new series of international actions, Epson has
    entered settlement agreements in a patent infringement action pending
    with the U.S. International Trade Commission and similar lawsuits
    pending in the U.S. District Court in Oregon, with five suppliers of
    aftermarket printer supplies and their related companies.Among the
    settling defendants are three major manufacturers of aftermarket
    printer supplies: Artech GMBH of Germany, Ink Lab Co. Ltd. of Hong
    Kong, and InkTec Co. Ltd. of Korea, as well as two major U.S.
    distributors of aftermarket printer supplies: Inkjetwarehouse.com Inc.
    of Connecticut, and Rhinotek Computer Products Inc. of California.As
    part of the District Court settlements and proposed ITC consent orders,
    each of the defendants has acknowledged the validity and infringement
    of at least 10 Epson patents and agreed to cease importing a wide range
    of infringing cartridges for Epson desktop inkjet printers.According to
    Epson, it does not and never has licensed third party companies to make
    and sell ink or cartridges for Epson printers.In Australia, Epson will
    not hesitate to take legal action against any reseller if they are
    found to have sold counterfeit Epson inkjet cartridges to customers.
    Similarly, Epson is referring non-genuine cartridges for investigation
    for possible patent infringement similar to US actions.Having invested
    heavily over many years in creating inks and cartridges that deliver
    vibrant and long lasting photographic and fine art prints, as well as
    outstanding everyday printing jobs, Epson is now investing considerable
    resources in protecting its intellectual property.According to Epson,
    it cannot sit back and watch while these pirates steal its intellectual
    property for their personal gain and in some cases defraud customers by
    passing their products off as genuine Epson inks and cartridges.