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RICOH WINS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST SELLER OF RICOH REPLICA COPIER SUPPLIES

 WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Company, Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary Ricoh Corporation, announced today that they have settled their federal trademark and patent infringement suit against Densigraphix Kopi Inc. of Canada after Densigraphix agreed to cease its infringement of Ricoh's trademarks and patents. Densigraphix was selling toner cartridges and other copier supplies not manufactured by Ricoh with labels and packages displaying Ricoh's registered trademarks and simulating Ricoh's distinctive package designs and which did not sufficiently disclose that the products did not originate with Ricoh. Densigraphix also sold toner cartridges that infringed two of Ricoh's U.S. patents. U.S. District Judge Alfred M. Wolin had issued an immediate temporary restraining order against Densigraphix on the day Ricoh filed suit.
 Under the settlement, Densigraphix agreed to modify its labels and packaging for its Ricoh-compatible replacement products and consented to the entry by the court of an order permanently enjoining Densigraphix and all those acting in concert with it from manufacturing or selling Densigraphix's copier supplies with their current labeling and packaging, and will permanently enjoin the manufacture and sale of the toner cartridges that infringe Ricoh's patents. The new Densigraphix labeling and packaging will not mimic Ricoh's and Densigraphix products will feature prominently a disclaimer of any affiliation with Ricoh. The settlement also includes the payment by Densigraphix to Ricoh of an undisclosed amount of monetary damages.
 Ricoh has brought a separate trademark and patent infringement suit against another manufacturer of copier supplies, Pennsylvania-based International Communication Materials, Inc., also known as ICMI. That suit is currently pending in the federal court in Pittsburgh. In announcing these suits and the settlement of the Densigraphix suit, Ricoh emphasized that it is determined to protect its trademark and patent rights against infringers in order to maintain Ricoh's reputation for superior product quality and to protect Ricoh's customers from unauthorized Ricoh "look-alike" products and other unfair and deceptive business practices.
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 /CONTACT: Emil Florio of Ricoh Corporation, 201-882-2075, or Cliff Bernstein of Robert Wick Public Relations, Inc., 212-727-2500/


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