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Vibrant Ink January 2017 Newsletter






Does Your Cartridge Belong to You?


When you buy a cartridge, does it belong to you? Can you use it as you wish? Can you resell the cartridge? These interesting questions for the consumer are currently the subject of litigation brought by Lexmark Corporation in the U.S. District Court of Ohio.

Lexmark Corporation brought suit against several U.S. toner cartridge remanufacturers alleging that their use of Lexmark toner "cores" (the plastic portion of the toner cartridge that is refurbished and refilled to create a remanufactured cartridge) violates Lexmark patents. Regardless of the eventual outcome, many of the companies involved in the suit have settled with Lexmark. This will increase the cost of remanufacturing Lexmark toners in the United States and permit Lexmark to increase its own prices.

The Lexmark suit follows a patent infringement suit by Canon in New York, which challenged various third party manufacturers as having violated Canon patents.  All of the defendants settled.  None had the money or resources to litigate.  In 2011 Epson Seiko corporation settled a litigation against Ninestar Industries, one of China's largest third party manufacturers of printer supplies.  Ninestar paid substantial penalties and agreed to stop importing most Epson compatible inkjet cartridges into the United States.

When consumers ask why ink and toner so expensive, one of the major reasons is the extensive patent protection and litigation. The litigation covers every aspect of a cartridge, from the size and shape of the piece of plastic which holds the ink, to the spring which holds the cartridge in place to the place where the original cartridge was sold.

Yesterday, a new customer told us that his company has been buying HP Color Laserjet Printers (costing about $400 each) and discarding them to buy a new one when the original cartridges (with replacements at approximately $460) run out. Vibrant Ink can lower the cost of running these HP Color Laserjet Pro 400 MFP to $360 with a full set of its high yield remanufactured toner cartridges. However, there is no question that toner, even compatible and remanufactured, remains an expensive consumable on most color printers.

For tips on how to make your printing costs more efficient, visit Vibrantink.com and Cartridgetech.com.

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