Planet Green Cartridges Inc. Settles Epson Lawsuit: It’s Time for OEMs to Support Printer Cartridge Remanufacturers!

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Date: Thursday September 14, 2023 02:59:28 pm | Views: 191
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    Chatsworth, California – September 13, 2023 – Planet Green Cartridges Inc. is pleased to announce the amicable resolution of its recent legal dispute with Epson America, Inc., Epson Portland Inc., and Seiko Epson Corp. This lawsuit revolved around circuitry board patents and the sale of remanufactured Epson ink cartridges.
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    Planet Green CEO, Sean Levi remarked, “While we respect the intellectual property rights of all original equipment printer manufacturers, we believe it is essential to clarify the terms of this settlement to provide a comprehensive understanding of the matter.”

    Planet Green Cartridges Inc. has always been committed to the ink cartridge remanufacturing process. The company has a strict policy of only selling aftermarket ink cartridges that it remanufactures. Planet Green collects used OEM ink cartridge cores that would otherwise end up in landfills, then inspects, cleans, refills, and performs a quality assurance test prior to packaging products for resale.

    For over 23 years the company has provided an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to consumers, consistently adhering to industry standards and lawful practices.

    It is essential to note that once an original Epson ink cartridge has been used the chip on the cartridge no longer functions in the printer. This design prevents consumers from refilling their own cartridges and remanufacturers such as Planet Green from collecting and recycling Epson cartridges leaving them destined for landfills.

    It’s estimated that over 375 million cartridges end up in U.S. landfills a year. If the original equipment printer manufacturers want to help keep their consumable products out of landfills, they need to work with remanufacturers on being able to recycle their cartridges.

    Levi emphasizes, “We strived to offer consumers a choice that supports a more sustainable and economical approach to printing. We believe that fair competition is vital in the marketplace, as it fosters innovation and ultimately benefits consumers. Under “Right to Repair” laws and the “First Sale Doctrine.”

    Since a small fraction of Epson ink cartridges were sold, contesting the validity of Epson’s claims would have proved more costly than discontinuing the sale of these products and settling the lawsuit. It wasn’t made clear by Epson why Planet Green was targeted when the company doesn’t possess the capability nor the technology to reset or produce Epson chips.

    While Planet Green has temporarily halted the sale of its remanufactured Epson ink cartridges, the company remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability. Planet Green Cartridges Inc. will continue to explore innovative ways to provide eco-friendly printing alternatives and promote responsible consumption.

    About Planet Green.
    Founded in 1999, Planet Green, situated in Chatsworth, California, stands as one of the last remaining printer cartridge recyclers and remanufacturers in the U.S. The company is dedicated to diverting used OEM printer cartridges from landfills and remanufacturing them for resale as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative. To discover more, please visit planetgreenrecycle.com.

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