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March 31, 2003

The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection (ISC) announced that approximately 10,000 finished and unfinished counterfeit ink cartridges worth 1.2 Million Malaysian Ringgit were seized from two manufacturing facilities in the Jalan Permal Light Industrial Area in Taman Klang Utama on Thursday March 13, 2003.

According to the Malaysian National News Agency, Selangor Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Director, Zainal Abidin Mohd Noordin said the enforcement division acted on complaints lodged by three major producers of printer consumables, Canon, Epson and Hewlett-Packard.

"Apart from that we also seized several hundred sticker labels and various parts to produce the ink cartridges, ink and equipment used to refill the counterfeit consumables." He said that the manufacturers were believed to be producing the imitation products for about a year using the Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard names and had imported the ink from China.

Apart from the local market, some of the product seized might have been destined for Europe as the wording on the packaging was in German and it was claimed that the products were manufactured in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the seizures, Senior Manager of Asia-Pacific Intellectual Property Department for Canon, Takeshi Yamazaki, said, "Canon is committed to protecting its intellectual property rights and warned that Canon would take legal action or file complaints with the ministry to take action against those who infringe Canon’s rights."

The owner of both manufacturing facilities is being investigated under the Trade Description Act of 1972 and if convicted is liable to a fine up to RM 100,000 or imprisonment for up to three years.

The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection, Inc. is a non-profit association of imaging supplies Original Equipment Manufacturers. Coalition members are Brother International Corp., Canon U.S.A., Inc, Epson America Inc., Katun Corporation, Lexmark International, Inc., Oki Data Corporation, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Toshiba America Business Solutions, and Xerox Corporation. Visit ISC website at





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