Ninestar leads the aftermarket with 4,839 granted and 1,053 pending patents as of 30 June 2020. The enormous patent portfolio includes patent in areas such as printer technology, chip technology, ink and toner cartridge technology, ink technology and 3D printers.
Ninestar keeps investing over 6% of its annual revenue in R&D. Today, nine R&D centers have been set up in Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, USA (North Carolina, Lexington, Kansas), India and Philippines. Over 600 talented engineers work hard to bring innovative products and solutions.
Since its establishment, Ninestar has been in the forefront of many innovations, first one to introduce Epson-compatible ink cartridges featuring a micro-pressure valve that eliminated the problem of wasted residual ink that would remain in the OEM’s spent ink cartridges in 2003; first one in the third-party supplies industry to become a hardware manufacturer through supporting its affiliated company Pantum to release its line of laser printers with their own engine technology in 2010; first to market with a solution that avoided infringing OEM’s related patents also known as dongle gear in 2014.
As an intellectual properties leader in the printing consumables industry, Ninestar has also spared no effort to defend its intellectual property rights. In May 2020, Ninestar won a patent-infringement lawsuit against Zhongshan Yuzhe; in November 2020, Ninestar helped its Australian partner to win the final appeal by providing legal support for five years; in last December, Ninestar successfully safeguarded its toner cartridge patent rights in a patent dispute with Fuzhou Sixi and Shanghai Luochen.
Thanks to its commitment to innovation, Ninestar now has the industry’s broadest product portfolio and offers a comprehensive line of both hardware and consumables. As it has done for over 20 years, Ninestar will continue to grow through innovation and to ensure its partners remain competitive and profitable.
To know more about Ninestar’s innovations, see the White Paper “Innovating Success”.