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ETIRA salutes German police seizing patent-infringing clones at remanexpo

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ETIRA salutes German police seizing patent-infringing clones at remanexpo


During the 2013 remanexpo show, several Asian companies exhibiting illegal non-OEM cartridges were raided
by German customs services. As reported in various trade magazines, companies Ninestar and Uniplus
Technology saw a number of their products confiscated by the German officers on account of infringements of
OEM patents.


ETIRA fully endorses these raids: selling patent-infringing newbuilt cartridges is a criminal offense, and resellers
and distributors should not buy these products if they want to stay out of court and avoid bankruptcy. And it's
also anti-social behaviour: these Asian cartridges typically pollute the European environment as they are not
remanufactured (that would be just as illegal as building them) nor recycled. So they are simply thrown away
after 1st use, resulting in unnecessary extra landfill in Europe. Any European company caring about
sustainability and it's overall image, should only buy remanufactured OEM cartridges.


ETIRA also welcomed the recent similar actions by HP in Poland. After HP's successful 2012 lawsuits against
the unfair importers/traders in Spain, HP now also took on the sales of patent-infringing newbuilts in Eastern
Europe. In Spain many illegal cartridges are no longer available, and the sellers are bankrupt. In Eastern
Europe this will happen too.


You too can help OEM’s to identify companies selling patent-infringing newbuilts: please report them to
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