COURT IN GERMANY BACK BROTHER INT'L IN PATENT DISPUT

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COURT IN GERMANY BACK BROTHER INT'L IN PATENT DISPUT

 user 2010-02-15 at 10:30:28 am Views: 66
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    http://www.internet-ink.co.uk/ink-news/Brother/German-Courts-Back-Brother-In-Ink-Cartridge-Dispute-4429
    COURT IN GERMANY BACK BROTHER
    INTERNATIONAL IN PATENT DISPUTE

    German
    courts in Dusseldorf have issued preliminary injunctions against two
    local ink cartridge manufacturers in a dispute of patents with global
    printer and ink cartridge producer Brother.The injunctions prohibit
    Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Company and German Hardcopy AG
    from selling specific ink cartridges which Brother has accused of
    infringing on its intellectually property (IP) rights.

    A
    representative of the global firm said: “Since July 2008, Brother has
    been selling ink cartridges model references LC 980 and LC1100 in
    Germany. Brother has found that Pelikan and Geha were marketing ink
    cartridges which were compatible to LC 980 and LC 1100, which Brother
    believes were infringing its two IP rights.”The Brother Group of
    companies is committed to creating circumstances where our customers can
    use Brother products with a sense of security. We will continue to
    vigorously publicize and promote the use of Brother’s genuine
    consumables, in order to ensure the optimum performance of all Brother
    products.”

    In December last year, the firms were involved in a
    similar IP rights infringement suit after Brother accused the smaller
    ink cartridge manufacturers on infringing on patents concerning
    cartridge model references.