Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. won a lawsuit against two non-genuine printer cartridge resellers at the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands on November 30.
Digital Revolution and Maxperian, two Netherlands-based non-genuine printer cartridge resellers, were adjudged to have infringed Samsung Electronics’ EP ’537 and EP ’744 patents, features of Samsung’s MLT-D1042 and CLT-x5082 cartridges. The court also ruled that the resellers had violated Registered European Community Designs, RCD ‘687 and RCD ’551 design patents for the cartridges. The matter is still open for appeal.
The court ruled in favor of Samsung, confirming the two defendants’ infringement, and ordering them to stop selling the non-genuine cartridges, not only in the Netherlands, but also throughout Europe for the designs. Furthermore, in line with Samsung’s claims, the defendants have been suspended from creating comparative advertisements that refer to Samsung’s genuine cartridge goods. They are also required to post official announcements on their official websites regarding the infringement incident.
The defendants were ordered to pay damages to Samsung Electronics, as well as a full compensation of Samsung’s legal expenses.
“Samsung will take immediate possible legal steps against any company who sells illegal, generic toner cartridges that are compatible with our products,” said Kiho Kim, President of Samsung Printing Solutions (S-Printing Solution). “It is our responsibility to a secure smooth workflow and an efficient printing environment for our customers. We aim to prevent any inconveniences that could hinder them.”
Samsung Electronics stated that non-genuine toner cartridges can not only produce low-quality prints, but may also cause various printer problems, such as excessive noise and hardware failure.
Customers can verify genuine Samsung toner authenticity by checking labels on cartridge boxes. Labels should change colors when viewed from different angles, and should feature distinguishable, embossed characters.
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