TOSHIBA TO PROSECUTE TONER TRADEMARK INFRINGERS

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TOSHIBA TO PROSECUTE TONER TRADEMARK INFRINGERS

 user 2008-05-05 at 4:50:26 pm Views: 50
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    Toshiba to prosecute toner trademark infringers
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=12919
    Toshiba
    Singapore Ltd has geared up to taking to task those selling counterfeit
    items under their trademark.“In recent years there have been many
    counterfeit toners bearing the Toshiba trademark that bring out poor
    quality finished paper prints sold to customers”, Toshiba Singapore
    Electronic Imaging Department International Operations Senior Manager
    Jun Kanamori said at a press conference held recently. When these
    products are sold naturally the complaints that are made by the
    customers come directly to the Toshiba Group.“We will take legal
    actions to the importer who is bringing down these products”,   Toshiba
    Singapore Electronic Imaging Department International Operations
    Country Manager Christopher Lee added. One would know it is counterfeit
    when you take a photocopy you get smudges here and there as well the
    words may come out foggy. The possible hazards that you could
    experience with a real Toshiba product is that it is subjected to a
    stringent test and in counterfeit there is no such thing and in
    physical hazards the toner is not flammable.“We are focusing on the
    area of trademark and the trademark should be registered under the
    Intellectual Copyright”, Toshiba Legal Representative Jeevantha
    Jayatilake stated.

    Toshiba which is registered in Sri Lanka
    receives protection under the Intellectual property Act No.13 of
    2003.it preclude all third parties from using the mark in whatever form
    unless and they get permission from the registered owner. Through
    investigations that take place if a person is suspected of selling
    counterfeit toners then they owners can get a search warrant and if he
    is found guilty, then there will be a court case and he will be
    punished with a fine or sentence to jail for some years. But most of
    the time 90% of the people come and admit their fault and some sort of
    agreement legally will be passed on with the accused and the registered
    company. Any third party who infringes the registered owner’s rights by
    forging the mark and using a mark similar to the registered mark and
    using the mark in any way which is detrimental to the interests of the
    registered owner commits an offence in terms of sections 184 and 186 of
    the Intellectual Property Act. Toshiba has filed three actions in the
    Colombo Magistrate Court and one in the Maligakanda Magistrate Court
    under the Intellectual Property Act. Search warrants were thereafter
    obtained from court and the relevant locations were raided. This
    resulted in seizing a large quantity of counterfeit Toners and Toner
    powder bags which were produced in court. Two of the cases that were
    reported and concluded found the accused traders guilty to the charges
    and paying Toshiba company monetary compensation.“We are here to
    educate Sri Lanka about the Copyright acts”, John Keells Holdings
    Executive Vice President and IT Sector Head Sujiva Dewaraja added.
    Toshiba controls about 35% of the marketshare in photocopy machinery.
    Toshiba is a registered trademark in Sri Lanka and worldwide and it is
    a leading name on photocopy machinery and other consumer items.