"So, while customers of these printers in Europe and in Asia can use our unique ink products - people here in the USA can not." Do IJM folk know, perhaps from the conversation with "one of the most influential CEO's in the China semi-conductor industry", where Australia sits in this schema? We have been singled out for special treatment before, such as the chips for the 1410, which wouldn't take European or USA chips IIRC.
I recall being depressed during the patent wars of 2007-08, when it seemed for a while that refillables were at an end. A way forward was found on that occasion, albeit an imperfect one, since even the best patent non-infringing refillables can be highly temperamental. I'm as depressed again now.