To curb the sale of counterfeit ink bottles and ribbon cartridges, and to protect the rights of its customers, Epson’s vigilance team and local police jointly conducted a series of raids on sellers in Lucknow, Mumbai, and New Delhi in October and November 2022.
The sellers who traded counterfeit Epson ink bottles and ribbon cartridges were arrested and charged under relevant laws under counterfeiting and violating intellectual property rights and remanded in judicial custody.
The joint raids were conducted in collaboration with the Lucknow Police, Mumbai Police, and Delhi Police. Among the products seized during the raids were finished and unfinished Ink bottles, cartridges, packaging material, and numerous sets of labels and holograms.
About 603 ink bottles and 510 ribbon cartridges were seized along with other printing material to manufacture counterfeit Epson ink bottles.
A spokesperson at Epson India, said, “The collaboration between Epson and the local police to stop the sale of counterfeit products reflects our commitment to rooting out this unethical business practice. We will continue to protect our intellectual property rights from those attempting to misuse our patented technology and trademarks.”
Epson regularly conducts raids to curb counterfeit sales. Non-genuine Inks can impair the performance and reliability of Epson products and the use of such counterfeit products invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty, the company said.
Epson is a global provider of home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, and visual and lifestyle solutions.