Last week, International Data Corporation (IDC) highlighted the results of a new study that found that demand for new-build compatible toner cartridges is growing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The research firm estimates that the value of the third-party toner cartridge market in the EMEA (minus counterfeits) was $3 billion in 2012,
On July 9, local news outlets including WTRF.com and wtov9.com reported that remanufacturer West Point Products will reduce its headcount significantly, mainly from its facility in Valley Grove, WV, but also at its headquarters in Washington, PA. According to the reports, the firm has 100 employees at Valley Grove, and it will eliminate two-thirds of
At the beginning of July, Future Graphics began informing customers about the general exclusion order (GEO) that Canon was recently awarded by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The company vows that its new TRUE HEX gear design does not infringe the Canon patents and is not subject to the GEO. According to Future Graphics, its
On July 2, Ninestar announced that its new high-tech industrial park in Zhuhai is slated to begin operations this August. The new facility, which is located in the Nanping Science and Technology Industrial Park, is under construction and will be over 450,000 square meters upon completion and capable of employing more than 20,000 workers. The
Over the last few weeks, there have been some key developments in Lexmark’s toner cartridge patent-infringement lawsuit before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. IJSS is no longer a party to the lawsuit and has reached an agreement with Lexmark: IJSS was found in contempt and has agreed to yet another
The U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) decision late last week to issue a general exclusion order (GEO) barring the importation of gears, drums, and toner cartridges that infringe two Canon patents came as no surprise to the third-party supplies industry (see “U.S. ITC to Restrict Imports of Infringing Canon Gears; Alerts U.S. Customs of GEO”).
Late in the day on June 28, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released a two-page letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) informing the agency that the commission has issued a general exclusion order (GEO) prohibiting the importation of products that infringe two Canon patents. The patents in the matter, U.S. patent numbers 5,903,803 (’803)
This month, Union Technology International (MCO) Co. Ltd. (UTec) announced that it has expanded its lineup of compatible Epson inkjet cartridges. UTec, which is the master distributor of Print-Rite products, has added ink tanks including a chipsets that are compatible with the Epson standard-capacity T1621/2/3/4 series and the high-capacity T1631/2/3/4 series. These cartridges are used
Last week, Union Technology International (MCO) Co. Ltd. (UTec), master distributor of Print-Rite products, sent customers an email asserting that its products will not be affected by the general exclusion order (GEO) that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is expected to issue this month in the Canon toner cartridge investigation (see 337-TA-829). In March
Another day, another development in Lexmark’s ongoing toner cartridge patent-infringement complaint against remanufacturers and empties brokers. Most recently, there is news related to Blue Trading LLC’s and FBA Holding’s separate lawsuits seeking declarations of non-infringement for the patents Lexmark is asserting in its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.