This week, Hewlett-Packard Development Company issued a report stating that, with the help of law-enforcement authorities, some 2,000 counterfeit HP cartridges were removed in two raids in October and November in the United Kingdom. In November, HP ACF (Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud) experts also identified hundreds of cartridges at a major distributor that isn’t an HP partner.
Along with other raids in European Union countries, HP says some 20,000 counterfeit HP-brand cartridges have been taken off the market from November 2014 to November 2015, with law-enforcement authorities in France, Germany, and Spain seizing thousands of fake HP-brand cartridges and computing products.
In the last 12 years, HP’s anti-counterfeiting program has resulted in the seizure of 12 million HP-counterfeit items in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. And, to ensure that HP’s authorized sales partners are providing original HP products, HP says its experts also conducted over 4,200 un-announced Channel Partner Protection audits in the region.