-CT News Bureau
Mumbai, Sep 16: On the basis of the Epson vigilance team’s information, the Mumbai police, in a swift and well-co-ordinated action, recently raided the premises of a dealer in Malad, Mumbai.
According to a press release by the company, it is understood that the said dealer was involved in the manufacture and supply of counterfeit Epson Ink bottles in Mumbai and to other parts of the country.
The manufacturer of the Epson counterfeit Ink bottles was arrested and charged under the prevailing laws of the land with counterfeiting and violating intellectual property rights and subsequently remanded to judicial custody.
Large quantities of Ink bottles, Epson holograms, and Epson Stickers and Packaging materials have been seized. The seized materials are worth more than 1.1 million rupees. Other than Epson products the manufacturer was also involved in manufacturing and supplying counterfeit products of other brands, which also got seized.
A spokesperson at Seiko Epson Corporation said, “We applaud the efforts of the Mumbai police to curb this menace and will whole heartedly assist and support the law enforcement authorities in all such crack downs.”
He went on to say, “Epson takes great care to observe the law and regulations, and to maintain high standards of corporate ethics while at the same time expecting others to show appropriate respect for its rights. We will continue vigorous enforcement of our intellectual property rights to protect our innovative products against those who use Epson’s patented technology, trademarks, and other intellectual property without permission.”
Seiko Epson Corporation says it will keep on supporting the enforcement authorities for such raids in future to protect its interests and to protect the business of its authorised dealers and also act as a deterrent to the erring manufacturers and dealers.