COUNTERFEITER HIJACKED HP TRUCKS TO STEAL INK-TECHNOLOGY

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COUNTERFEITER HIJACKED HP TRUCKS TO STEAL INK-TECHNOLOGY

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    SINGAPORE:COUNTERFEITER HIJACKED HP TRUCKS
    TO STEAL INK CARTRIDGE TECHNOLOGY

    Chinese
    Rivals Hijacked Trucks to Steal Technology, HP Says

    SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett Packard claims Chinese and Taiwanese
    competitors stole patented printer cartridge components from HP’s
    factory in Singapore and copied them to sell made-to-order counterfeit
    HP inkjet cartridges on Amazon.com. “Trucks carrying HP parts were
    hijacked while en route from the manufacturing facility in Singapore to
    the assembly plant in Malaysia … in direct response to the heightened
    security measures that had been implemented in HP production
    facilities,” HP says.After ripping off the technology, Hewlett Packard
    says, Microjet Technology (of Taiwan) Mipo Technology (of Hong Kong and
    mainland China), and their U.S. affiliates, including SinoTime
    Technologies (of Florida) sold more than 300,000 of the inkjet
    cartridges in the United States.

     The defendants have the
    capability to make nearly 10 million counterfeit cartridges a year in
    Asia, Hewlett Packard says. The 28-page federal filing is the latest in a
    long line of complaints that China is making up its technology gap with
    the United States through industrial espionage, theft, and wholesale
    patent infringement.MicroJet “sells generic and/or made-to-order
    infringing ink cartridges to other companies, including defendants Mipo
    and PTC [PTC Holdings Ltd., of Hong Kong],” and sells them itself as
    well, Hewlett Packard says. HP claims the defendants violated six
    patents after stealing the HP components.

    Hewlett Packard says it
    discovered the scheme after seeing color ink cartridges for sale on
    Amazon.com and Craigslist, advertised as “HP compatible.HP bought some
    of the cartridges from Amazon.com, then used HP’s internal tracking
    database to cross-reference ID numbers on components, and found that the
    cartridges had “a genuine HP printhead and a non-HP cartridge body that
    closely resembled a genuine HP cartridge body.”And it found that the
    printheads came from HP lots from Malaysia that had never been assembled
    by HP – “i.e., were identified as production gaps.” All of these stolen
    items “were packaged in a ‘Mipo’ labeled box and were individually
    wrapped in a clear plastic interior packaging that is clearly consistent
    with the standard packaging for products manufactured by defendant
    Microjet,” according to the complaint.HP demands an injunction and
    damages for patent infringement, unfair competition and conversion. It
    is represented by Ruffin Cordell with Fish and Richardson of Washington,
    D.C.