*NEWS*EPSON CLOSER TO KILLING REMAN INK ?

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*NEWS*EPSON CLOSER TO KILLING REMAN INK ?

 user 2007-04-23 at 12:06:00 pm Views: 46
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    Epson closer to killing 3rd-party ink market
    US legal decision means likely ban on non-official inks
    The
    battle for the very future of the third-party printer ink market that
    we looked at previously has moved closer to its denouement after the US
    International Trade Commission (ITC) decided a crucial legal issue in
    favour of Seiko Epson .ITC judge Paul J. Luckern concluded that a group
    of 24 companies selling Epson-compatible ink cartridges were in
    violation of the Japanese firm’s patents on several counts and
    recommended that imports of the non-branded ink to the US be stopped.

    No more cheap ink?
    The
    ruling is the latest step in an ongoing legal process that is likely to
    force companies that sell ink cartridges for popular brand-name
    printers to leave that market to the printer makers.Inkjet printers are
    generally sold at low cost, leaving manufacturers to profit from ink
    sales over the life of the printer. Until now, the high cost of
    ‘official’ ink has led most savvy users to try DIY refill kits or
    third-party cartridges. Despite ominous warnings that such inks can
    damage printers or will result in low-grade prints, shoppers have
    tended to vote with their feet.Elizabeth Leung, an Epson director,
    reacted to the decision: “We are gratified that Judge Luckern upheld
    the validity and enforceability of Epson’s ink cartridge patents. Epson
    has invested continuously in R&D and manufacturing to produce high
    quality, innovative ink cartridges.”If the ITC’s final verdict and
    recommendations in July agree with the judge, it seems certain to set a
    precedent that will have far-reaching implications for the price of
    home printing, whatever the country.