On January 25, 2014 German Customs authorities, together with Lexmark and other printer manufacturers seized allegedly patent infringing printer cartridges being displayed at the RemanExpo@Paperworld exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. A team of 10 Customs agents entered trade show booths and confiscated toner cartridges that allegedly infringed Lexmark design and utility patents. Seven companies had cartridges on display that allegedly violated Lexmark’s intellectual property rights.
In addition to surrendering the goods, the companies that were the target of the raids were also required to remove all images of the allegedly infringing products from displays, signage, banners and marketing materials.
The next step in the process is that the German Customs official will turn over the goods that were seized and the identities of the individuals and companies involved in the allegedly infringing activity to prosecutors in Germany.
“To protect our customers and partners, as well as the intellectual property created by Lexmark employees and contractors, Lexmark has patents registered around the world. This recent action in Germany, along with legal actions that Lexmark maintains in the United States and around the world, shows our ongoing commitment to ensuring fair competition,” said Danny Molhoek, general manager at Lexmark UK & Ireland.
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