PATENT INFRINGEMENTS HOLDING BACK SALES OF COMPATIBLE CTGS

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PATENT INFRINGEMENTS HOLDING BACK SALES OF COMPATIBLE CTGS

 user 2010-03-01 at 11:59:58 am Views: 40
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    PATENT INFRINGEMENTS HOLDING BACK SALES OF COMPATIBLE CARTRIDGES 
    In 2007, the US International Trade Commission passed a ruling that fell to the favor of Epson.  This lawsuit claimed that 24 different makers and manufacturers of compatible ink cartridges have infringed upon the patent copyrights of the ink cartridges which Epson itself developed.  As a result of these rulings, a general exclusion, limited exclusion, and cease and desist order were all placed against these companies.  These rulings mean that these companies cannot import their products into the US, cannot sneak them in illegally, and that they will not be able to sell the product which they already have here.  This makes things difficult for the compatible ink cartridge manufacturers.

    There are high standards placed upon any technology which is being developed as a compatible ink cartridge.  The design of the cartridge itself needs to be different enough from the original to warrant it as new technology, even if it is being produced as a compatible cartridge.  These are not standards which many compatible ink cartridge manufacturers will strive to provide and as a result, they are now suffering based upon these rulings.  It may also be harder for you, as a consumer, to find the cheaper products that you want for your printer.

    Until these compatible ink cartridge companies start to produce products which are going to differ enough from the original patents filed, they will not be able to sell their products within the United States.  Therefore, when you are looking to save, you will need to figure out which compatible companies make products which are still legal.