BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. (hereafter "BROTHER") provides and markets products of different types of specifications so as to fulfill diverse needs for customers in different regions of the world. Therefore, the toner cartridges marketed by BROTHER. overseas cannot be used compatibly with BROTHER's printers marketed specifically in the Taiwan region.
Recently, BROTHER found that a Taiwanese company has parallel imported BROTHER's toner cartridges from U.S. into Taiwan, further modified such toner cartridges in order to be installed into the BROTHER's printers marketed specifically for the Taiwan market, and then sold the modified toner cartridges to customers .
Having tested the modified toner cartridges purchased directly from the aforementioned party, BROTHER notes that the test outcome shows a difference from BROTHER's regular product.
BROTHER has filed a criminal complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office against the aforementioned company. Having completed the investigation thereto, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office brought the owner of such Taiwanese company under indictment for violation of the Taiwan Trademark Act.
Modification of the products may result in degradation of product quality. Therefore, BROTHER cannot guarantee the quality of such modified parallel imports.
To protect the rightful interests of BROTHER and customers, BROTHER will continue to globally monitor products on the market, including Taiwan, and shall take all necessary actions if any misconduct or unlawful acts are discovered.