HP inks up to beat Asian counterfeiters

Summary:The next time customers step into a computer store in Asia for a Hewlett-Packard inkjet cartridge, the product will not be counterfeit. This is HP's vow to its customers after 14 months of research and development on tamper-proof cartridge boxes.

The next time customers step into a computer store in Asia for a Hewlett-Packard inkjet cartridge, the product will not be counterfeit.

This is HP's vow to its customers after 14 months of research and development on tamper-proof cartridge boxes.

Security features incorporated into the cartridge boxes include perforation seals and security labels that use "color shifting" ink. The ink is said to be similar to that used by the U.S. Treasury on its $10 and $20 bills.

"It is hard for people to copy the security label," said Veronique Malan, an HP Asia-Pacific supplies business manager.

The newly packed cartridges were shipped in volume across the Asia-Pacific on 1 May, Malan said. --Special to ZDNet News

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Security

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