HP Accuses Asian Companies of Selling Cartridges with Stolen Components
One of the things that HP has been campaigning so fiercely against is counterfeiting and piracy of its products. The latest news regarding this effort has been documented in various reports, which share that the manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against several companies for allegedly peddling inkjet cartridges that infringe on HP patents.
According to a feature on MercuryNews.com, Hewlett Packard filed a lawsuit on Friday in the U.S. District Court, accusing companies Microjet Technology of Taiwan and PTC Holdings of Hong Kong for selling cartridges that “mimicked HP’s patented designs.” Another firm from Hong Kong, Mipo Technology, has been accused by HP of selling ink cartridges that used HP’s designs as well as cartridges that contained stolen components.The company revealed that a key component of its inkjet cartridge is being manufactured in Singapore. This component is then shipped to a contract assembly plant in Malaysia. According to the report, components were stolen in 2006 and 2007, triggering a tightening of security at the HP sites in the two countries. HP also said that trucks that carried the parts had been hijacked by thieves.The ink cartridges in question are allegedly being sold on Amazon and on Craig’s List by the aforementioned companies, according to HP.As previously mentioned, HP has always fought against counterfeiting.
The report mentioned how HP conducted more than 4,600 investigations between 2005 and 2008. In that period, nearly $800 million worth of counterfeit products were seized by authorities as a result of the company’s investigations.