INDIA – Taking firm action against the sale of counterfeit Epson ink cartridges, local police recently raided the premises of a dealer with two consumable shops in the Fort area of Mumbai.
The dealer, who owns the two shops Mital and Gami’s, was arrested along with an employee and charged with counterfeiting and violating intellectual property rights; they have been remanded to judicial custody.
A total of 6,000 refilled cartridges were seized during the raid and the refilling operation shut down, effectively terminating the massive illegal racket operating in large areas of the West and Central India.
“We applaud the efforts of the Indian police to curb this menace and will wholeheartedly assist and support the law enforcement authorities in all such crackdowns,” said a Seiko Epson Corporation spokesperson.
“Epson takes great care to observe the law and regulations, and to maintain high standards of corporate ethics while at the same time expecting others to show appropriate respect for its rights,” he added.
“We will continue vigorous enforcement of our intellectual property rights to protect our innovative projects against those who use Epson’s patented technology, trademarks, and other intellectual property without permission.”
In October 2012, Chennai police raided the premises of a well-established IT dealer, Sanguine IT Solutions, on suspicion of selling fake Epson cartridges following a complaint. During the raid, 235 fake T5852 cartridges – used in Epson’s PictureMate range of printers – were seized.