Raids on sellers of counterfeit Epson ink bottles and cartridges

603 ink bottles and 510 ribbon cartridges seized in Lucknow, Mumbai, and Delhi

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Vasudevan LK, general manager of Epson India, at the Labelexpo show.

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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

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Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

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