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 12:00:49 pm Views: 80
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    http://printerinkcartridgesblog.printcountry.com/?p=7141
    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.