HP owns intellectual property around technology for immobilizing colorants in inkjet inks. HP and International Paper partnered to bring the technology to market and to develop the set of performance, physical, and electrostatic specifications that defines the ColorLok performance standard.
International Paper owns the ColorLok trademark, however HP and International Paper both have the right to license the use of the ColorLok trademark to other companies who participate in the ColorLok Licensing Program.
Companies interested in carrying the logo will submit their papers to RIT PAL for testing.
The ColorLok logo represents an improved quality and reliability and means that the papers carrying this logo have undergone testing to meet ColorLok performance standards.
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All papers that carry the ColorLok brand must meet a concise set of paper surface quality, physical and electrostatic performance metrics across a variety of factors related to image quality, dry time, and printer runnability. HP can provide detailed ColorLok® specifications under a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) to paper companies and partners interested in joining the ColorLok Program.
The Printing Applications Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT-PAL) has qualified as an official "testing center" where any paper company or private label owner may submit papers for testing and performance certification. Details on submission of samples will be made available through a website managed by RIT www.rit.edu.