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Imaging Supplies Coalition Sees Counterfeit Investigation Results in Malyasia

14 Apr, 2003

Imaging Supplies Coalition Sees Counterfeit Investigation Results in Malyasia

Lexington, KY—The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection (ISC) announced that approximately 10,000 finished and unfinished counterfeit ink cartridges worth $1.2 million Malaysian Ringgit were seized from two manufacturing facilities in the Jalan Permal Light Industrial Area in Taman Klang Utama on Thursday March 13, 2003.

According to the Malaysian National News Agency, Selangor Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Director, Zainal Abidin Mohd Noordin, the enforcement division acted on complaints lodged by three major producers of printer consumables, namely Canon, Epson and Hewlett-Packard. “Apart from that we also seized several hundred sticker labels and various parts to produce the ink cartridges, ink and equipment used to refill the counterfeit consumables.” Noordin said that the manufacturers were believed to be producing the imitation products for about a year using the Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard names and had imported the ink from China.

Apart from the local market, some of the product seized might have been destined for Europe as the wording on the packaging was in German and it was claimed that the products were manufactured in the Netherlands. The owner of both manufacturing facilities is being investigated under the Trade Description Act of 1972 and if convicted is liable to a fine up to RM 100,000 or imprisonment for up to three years.

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