INKJET REFILLER LASHES OUT @ HP !

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INKJET REFILLER LASHES OUT @ HP !

 user 2005-04-04 at 11:08:00 am Views: 113
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    Inkjet refiller lashes out at HP for lawsuit

    Rhinotek’s chairman has sharply criticized Hewlett-Packard over a lawsuit
    asserting that the inkjet cartridge refiller falsely advertises its products as
    new
    .

    “I think HP is utilizing a bullying tactic,” Gerald Chamales, who also is
    founder of the 150-employee company in Carson, Calif., said late Tuesday. “I
    think consumers are tired of being gouged by what I call the cartel, which is
    the major printer manufacturers, led by HP, Lexmark and Canon, (and which is)
    forcing people to not have a choice when it comes to ink and toner cartridges.”

    However, Rhinotek hasn’t determined its legal response yet. “We are
    considering all our legal options. We intend on defending ourselves vigorously,”
    Chamales said. “We’re considering filing a countersuit for antitrust and
    business disruption for frivolous litigation.”

    HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., sees things differently. “We’re not forcing
    people to use any particular cartridge. We just think it’s wrong to sell our
    used cartridges without telling people they are used HP cartridges,” company
    spokeswoman Monica Sarkar said.

    HP sued rhinotek for false advertising,
    arguing that the company falsely advertises its recycled HP inkjet cartridges as
    new. HP also sued another company, Lenexa, Kan.-based InkCycle, for using ink
    that HP said infringes on three of its patents.

    Consumables, which are printer supplies such as inkjet cartridges, laser
    printer toner cartridges and glossy photo paper, are a major revenue source for
    HP and other printer manufacturers. Companies that remanufacture or refill the
    cartridges cut into the resulting profits, though HP argues it doesn’t object to
    the refilling business in general.

    HP wants Rhinotek to label its cartridges as used, and it objects to the
    company’s packaging, which calls the products “heavy duty.”

    Chamales said “heavy duty” describes the ink, which lasts as long as HP’s or
    longer.

    “I think our packaging is fine. We put on there, ‘manufactured with recycled
    components,’” he said.

    Rhinotek’s packaging doesn’t use quite those words, however. Under the words
    “Help the Environment,” the packaging says, “At Rhinotek we do everything we can
    to encourage recycling. We use recycled components in our packaging and products
    whenever
    possible.”

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    Rhinotek
    chairman has sharply criticised HP over a lawsuit asserting that the inkjet
    cartridge refiller falsely advertises its products as new.

    “I think HP is utilising a bullying tactic,” Gerald
    Chamales, who also is founder of the 150-employee company in Carson, California,
    said late on Tuesday. “I think consumers are tired of being gouged by what I
    call the cartel, which is the major printer manufacturers, led by HP, Lexmark
    and Canon, [and which is] forcing people to not have a choice when it comes to
    ink and toner cartridges.”

    However, Rhinotek hasn’t determined its legal response yet.
    “We are considering all our legal options. We intend on defending ourselves
    vigorously,” Chamales said. “We’re considering filling a countersuit for
    antitrust and business disruption for frivolous litigation.”

    HP, based in Palo Alto, California, sees things differently.
    “We’re not forcing people to use any particular cartridge. We just think it’s
    wrong to sell our used cartridges without telling people they are used HP
    cartridges,” company spokeswoman Monica Sarkar said.

    HP sued Rhinotek on Monday for false advertising, arguing
    that the company falsely advertises its recycled HP inkjet cartridges as new. HP
    also sued another company, Lenexa, Kansas-based InkCycle, for using ink that HP
    said infringes on three of its patents.

    Consumables are a major revenue source for HP and other
    printer manufacturers. Companies that remanufacture or refill the cartridges cut
    into the resulting profits, though HP argues it doesn’t object to the refilling
    business in general.

    HP wants Rhinotek to label its cartridges as used, and it
    objects to the company’s packaging, which calls the products “heavy duty.”

    Chamales said “heavy duty” describes the ink, which lasts as
    long as HP’s or longer.

    “I think our packaging is fine. We put on there,
    ‘manufactured with recycled components,’” he said.

    Rhinotek’s packaging doesn’t use quite those words, however.
    Under the words “Help the Environment,” the packaging says, “At Rhinotek we do
    everything we can to encourage recycling. We use recycled components in our
    packaging and products whenever possible.