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US ITC Exclusion Orders

November 15, 2012 | Venice, Florida

Technology innovation is the driving force behind the tremendous increase in the improvement of the price and capability of printers, copiers and multifunction devices. Much of this technology is implemented in the toner and ink cartridges and solid ink used in these devices.

In recent years we have seen a flood of “clone” and “compatible” cartridges and solid ink imported into the United States. Xerox and other imaging supplies OEM’s have sought relief against this practice.

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued Exclusion Orders which prohibit the importation of certain toner and inkjet cartridges and solid ink. The exclusion orders prohibit the importation of clone/compatible cartridges that have been found to infringe OEM patents. The Imaging Supplies Coalition believes that these exclusion orders need to be enforced. These infringing ink sticks “steal” jobs and taxes from the US as well as revenue from the rights holders.  They could also cause performance problems and even pose health and safety issues to the consumer. The Imaging Supplies Coalition strongly urges resellers and consumers to consider the source of these infringing cartridges and the impact they have.

Intellectual Property must be protected; it is in everyone’s best interest.

The ISC companies that have received exclusion orders include Epson, HP, Lexmark, and Xerox.

For more information please contact the ISC at iscwebcontact@aol.com.

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