The published Actionable Intelligence white paper on the legitimacy of premium compatibles gets its facts right and vindicates what many have known for years.
Actionable Intelligence’s founding CEO, Charlie Brewer (pictured) published and launched a white paper, titled “Premium Compatibles Poised to Fundamentally Change the Third-Party Printer Supplies Market” at the St. Regis hotel in Zhuhai, China October 17, 2019.
In his presentation, Brewer focused on the rising importance of legitimate new-built premium cartridges. These are the kind that supports the demand for high quality and full intellectual property compliance on products, particularly needed in Europe and North America.
His 36-page white paper delves into the history of remanufacturing, the hundreds of resulting lawsuits and the emergence of “clone” or copycat cartridges. “Clones” continue to plague the market because of patent infringement, selling at ridiculously low, tempting prices. Brewer also reflects on the thousands of Amazon takedowns and also the painstaking business of developing patent-safe, non-infringing products, legitimately, to high-quality standards.
Brewer acknowledges Print-Rite for its pioneering, leadership role in this field since 2001. “Print-Rite, one of China’s original third-party supplies vendors, was among the first companies in the industry to begin settling its legal quarrels rather than fight them through to the bitter—and very costly—end”
Some remanufacturers still surviving in the market claim “all cartridges from China infringe OEM patents and are illegitimate, risky and poor quality.” Brewer’s white paper finally acknowledges this is simply not true. Premium compatible cartridges or patent-safe compatibles, as others call them, are a legitimate viable alternative that allows resellers to compete profitably for their business in complete confidence knowing they are fully supported by a proven patent safe product technology.
Making a clone replica of an OEM cartridge is easy, it takes no talent and no major investment. But to reverse engineer and design around OEM patents and produce a non-infringing alternative takes a full infrastructure of patent, legal experts, design engineers and patent engineers to do it right. Even after all that is done, the company I work for, Print-Rite, looks for legal international experts who can assess and consult with the Print-Rite legal and IP team, so we make certain to get it right.
Pioneering the patent-safe product range for more than 18 years has resulted in Print-Rite owning approximately 3,000 patents that support its new built technology platform. Today, Print-Rite has the widest premium compatible cartridge range in the market.
Arnald Ho, Chairman and founder of Print-Rite Holdings Co. Ltd has often said, “Without the OEMs, there would be no third-party vendors. There may be competition between us but we are not each other’s enemy.”
Knowing that OEMs must file more and more lawsuits as they attempt to control the wide availability of “infringing clone cartridges,” Brewer points out that Print-Rite continues an unwavering commitment to make patent-safe cartridge compatibles by acknowledging the intellectual property rights of patentees and seeks positively to find workable agreements with patent holders as they have done successfully over many past years.
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