HP charged with stealing Printer Cartridge Secrets

June 15, 2010 No Comments

hpHewlett Packard Co., the leading provider of personal computers, printers and HP toners, has been recently charged with stealing and using the trade secrets of Turbon International Inc. about replacement laser printer cartridges.

In the complaint filed by Turbon International, a New Jersey company, it claimed that HP agreed in December 2008 to provide beneficial contracts in producing replacement cartridges. However, HP dropped the deal last January 2010 after Turbon systematically revealed every complex detail of its production.

Turbon stated that HP saw the importance of keeping its empty cartridges for its business and has motivated its customers to recycle these instead which affected the complainant. This action may continue to ruin the business of Turbon and the remanufacturing industry as well if HP will not act upon it, as observed by Turbon.

Turbon International Inc. included the following damages on the case namely: fraudulent inducement, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition, a ban on the use of improperly obtained secrets, and other remedies.

Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard has not responded on the case as of the moment and Turbon International did not release any other information about the filed suit.

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