HP seizes 3,200 fake printing supplies in Makati, Manila

The local office of tech giant HP said it collaborated with law enforcement agents to confiscate over 3,200 counterfeit printing supplies in Makati City and Manila.

The authorities seized more than 1600 counterfeit ink cartridges, 1300 counterfeit toner cartridges, and 300 various components used to make counterfeit HP cartridges.

A counterfeit product is a product which has been made to look identical to or substantially indistinguishable from the genuine or original product, usually for the purpose of deceiving customers, said HP.

The company said counterfeiting of printing supplies usually involves the illegal printing of HP-branded boxes, labels and security seals.

“Often refilled cartridges containing inferior inks and toners are used and inserted into this packaging that closely resembles genuine HP packaging. The counterfeit cartridges are ultimately purchased by customers who believe them to be genuine,” it said.

The HP anti-counterfeiting program in the Asia Pacific region has resulted in law enforcement agencies confiscating more than 25 million units of counterfeit cartridges and components in the last four years.

On a global level, HP said it maintains an aggressive approach to anti-counterfeiting and has conducted more than 4600 investigations in 88 countries over the last four years.

“This activity has resulted in the seizure of more than 36 million units of counterfeit printing cartridges and components worldwide over the same period,” the company said.

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