How to detect and avoid online scams

By David and Libby Koch for Digital technology, social media and e-mail have changed the way we communicate – but it also gives criminals easier access to victims. Online scams are so sophisticated and appear so authentic that they are conning...

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Why does it cost bank customers R1.10 to send an email?

By Kevin Lancaster for MyBroadband Discovery Bank, Bank Zero, and TymeBank – South Africa’s newest banks – are set to “disrupt” the local banking scene in 2019. Disrupt – an almost meaningless word which is akin to “millennial” in terms of its flagrant use by anyone...

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E-commerce could create 3m jobs in Africa

Source: Fin24 Online marketplaces establishing themselves across Africa could create around 3-million new jobs by 2025. These digital platforms, which match buyers and providers of goods and services, could also raise incomes and boost inclusive economic growth with...

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S&P downgrades Cell C

By Gugu Lourie for Tech Financials  South Africa’s troubled mobile operator, Cell C, has been downgraded on liquidity and refinancing risks concerns, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has said in a statement. Cell C faces considerable short-term liquidity...

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New bill aims to ‘regulate’ Airbnb in SA

The public has 60 days from Monday April 15 to submit comments on the Tourism Amendment Bill, which will regulate short-term accommodation in the so-called shared economy, Blessing Manale, chief director of communications at the Department of Tourism, told Fin24 on...

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Edcon’s survival will avert retail apocalypse

By Alistair Anderson for BusinessLive Listed property fund managers are hopeful that the rescue mission at SA’s largest clothing retailer, Edcon, is an isolated case and that other retailers will not have to beg landlords and investors for rental reductions or cash...

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Do credit card fees go beyond the law?

Source: Supermarket & Retailer The National Credit Act (NCA) prohibits a credit provider from charging any fees or charges not listed in section 101 of the act. One of the permitted charges is a “service fee”. Regulations under the act cap this fee at...

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Office Club to join Nemo Group

Source: Dealer Support Office Club and Nemo Group are combining to offer numerous advantages to both the dealer and supplier communities. By joining forces with Office Club, Nemo will represent well over 300 dealers and offer the natural home for all resellers whether...

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South Africa: the business destination

SA is known to many across the world for its golden sunshine picturesque scenery, handsome wildlife, warm beaches and homegrown wines. Beyond the tourism-worthy features, the hosts of business events and the millions of delegates who have visited SA over the years...

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HP reaches two legal settlements

HP announced late last year two settlement agreements that represent successful efforts to defend and protect its intellectual property (IP).

HP and Asia Pacific Microsystems, Inc. (APM) of Taiwan reached an amicable worldwide patent settlement to resolve ongoing patent litigation relating to HP’s inkjet print cartridges. As part of the settlement, APM, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corporation, acknowledged manufacturing infringing print cartridge components for a variety of customers and took immediate steps to halt production of the infringing components. As a result, HP agreed to dismiss APM from a pending patent infringement case in federal court in California.

HP also reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with LD Products, Inc. of California, a prominent online seller of aftermarket cartridges, regarding allegations by HP with respect to the sale of misidentified ink and toner cartridges and infringing ink cartridges. As part of the settlement, LD Products has agreed to change its sales practices with regards to selling aftermarket cartridges for HP printers, and additionally has agreed to cease the sale of a range of infringing inkjet ink cartridges.

“HP has always put a high premium on R&D – investing in technology that improves the overall experience for our customers. We are committed to protecting our brand and our customers,” said Matt Barkley, program manager, Worldwide IP and Brand Protection, Printing and Supplies, HP. “In order to protect our innovations, the superior quality of our products, and by extension, our customers, we will continue to defend our IP.”

These settlements are representative of HP’s ongoing efforts to protect its IP, as well as ensure a fair and transparent marketplace. HP also has been involved in vigorous IP protection actions in Brazil, Poland and Spain, where ligation, settlements and regular monitoring are ongoing.

Details of the HP/Asia Pacific Microsystems settlement

The APM settlement is based on litigation filed by HP with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as in the California Federal District Court, alleging the sale and distribution of infringing inkjet print cartridges in the United States. The ITC ruled that the HP patents were valid and that APM was guilty of patent infringement as both a contributory infringer and by inducement.

The ITC also ruled that MicroJet Technology Co.—a subsidiary of Taiwan-based DB-Tel Incorporated and customer of APM—infringed HP’s patents in the manufacturing and/or sale of inkjet print cartridges. The ITC issued a General Exclusion Order (GEO) directing the U.S. Customs Service to exclude all infringing articles, without regard to source.

Details of the HP/LD Products settlement

HP took issue with LD Products for selling HP compatible clone cartridges labeled as “remanufactured” on both LD Product’s and third-party websites. After several requests to cease and desist, and involved discussions between the companies, HP filed litigation in the California Federal District Court alleging multiple illegal acts under the federal Lanham Act, which prohibits trademark infringement, trademark dilution and false advertising, as well as violation of California state law for unfair competition and false advertising.

As part of the settlement agreement, LD Products has agreed to a structured plan governing how it describes and sells newly built and remanufactured print cartridges, and to cease the practice of selling misidentified products. Additionally, LD Products has compensated HP for a portion of its legal costs.

The second part of the agreement resolved allegations of patent infringement by HP against LD Products for sales of infringing inkjet cartridges. LD Products admitted that the HP patents are valid and enforceable and has agreed to immediately cease the sale of the infringing products and destroy remaining infringing inventory.

As a result of the two agreements, HP and LD Products have agreed to dismiss the pending claims against one another before the US federal District Court in California.

(1) The settlement covers a number of cartridges, including HP 02, HP 81, HP 88, HP 564, HP 920, HP 932, HP 933, HP 940, HP 950, HP 951 and HP 970. In countries outside of the United States, these cartridges may be known by different product numbers.


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Online shopping scams on the rise in SA

By Wendy Knowler for Herald Live Credit card fraud has been rapidly outpacing all other forms of bank fraud in recent months, with many older people being sweet-talked by fraudsters posing as bank officials into revealing their one-time-password (OTP) over the phone....

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