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Malaysian ministry, HP seize counterfeit printing supplies in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | July 19, 2010
Haul worth almost US$250,000.

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 JULY 2010   Technology firm HP's Southeast Asian Anti-Counterfeit team [SEA AVF] has helped enforcement officers from the Malaysian ministry of domestic trade to seize US$249,805 (RM800,000) worth of counterfeit HP products and packaging, said HP Malaysia.

Enforcement officers raided seven connected sites involving the production, storage, packaging, and distribution of counterfeit HP products, according to a HP Malaysia representative, who said the company's global anti-counterfeit programme incorporated industry-leading anti-counterfeiting practices and partners with law enforcement agencies to combat the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit HP printer cartridges.

The seizure was the result of four months of investigation of an organised group that was operating in seven sites, which was focused on refilling, packaging and storing of counterfeit products, said HP's statement. Estimates by the joint team based on inventory on hand indicated a sales volume of 10,000 counterfeit toners and 20,000 counterfeit inks each month.

HP reiterated that all HP cartridge packaging in the Asia Pacific would show a security seal with colour shifting technology intended to help consumers identify original HP supplies.