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DECISION YOU'LL MAKE THIS YEAR
Int’l ITC, a member of the Owners Rights Initiative, encourages you to share your concern about the first sale doctrine with your elected officials and customers:
Components are the new cores: the OEMs are watching
The OEMs have turned their attention to the entire distribution chain of potentially infringing components (chips, gears, toner) and cores used in cartridge remanufacturing. Remanufacturers who once believed they were safely buying components from manufacturers and their resellers found themselves accused of patent infringement by a $2 billion company.
Most remanufacturers cannot survive the costs, time and money associated with defending against a patent lawsuit. They must educate themselves on the risks of buying chips, drums, gears and cores from questionable manufacturers and distributors. Don’t think it can’t happen to you – landing on a list of customers that is provided to an OEM when your supplier is sued is happening at an alarming rate. I have heard variations of “But I only bought one” repeatedly. Volume doesn’t matter. Every remanufacturer and dealer is on the OEM radar screen.
However, remanufacturing (thoughtful remanufacturing) and marketing of remanufactured products is still the best way to make a living in this still-lucrative marketplace. Buy carefully, and read the full article as to how to do so in the May issue of Recharger Magazine.