September 17, 2012
The OEM has issued an overview of its anti-counterfeiting programme, remarking on its successes in the region including the detention of a Valencia-based counterfeiter.
HP has published a Regional Success update for the HP Anti-counterfeiting (ACF) Programme, detailing the company’s activities in Spain as the Valencia Criminal Court sentence a company director accused of trading in counterfeit HP supplies to one year and three months.
The convicted company is said to have had approximately 26,000 counterfeit inkjet and laser cartridges ready for sale, and were seized in 2009 as Valencia Customs managed to prevent their entry into Spain.
The document notes that the company was also charged a fine of €20 ($26.21) per day for the course of 18 months and was ordered to pay damages to HP equivalent to “the sale of the respective amount of original goods to Spanish distributors”. The option to appeal remains.
HP claims that the ACF Programme has overseen almost 1,000 investigations and over 600 enforcement actions – deemed raids and seizures by authorities – and the seizure of approximately eight million finished counterfeit products and components “intended for illegal re-use”.
The document states: “Spanish authorities have taken a clear stance against the counterfeiting of printing supplies for HP printers: in a case against a company trading with fake print cartridges, a local court has now issued an unambiguous decision against counterfeiting.
“HP appreciates this important judgement, which is a clear warning of the potential consequences to those thinking about getting involvement with fake goods. In addition, this latest judgement is a strong message of support to all honest vendors in the market.”
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