Entry of Certain Ink Cartridges Denied

Ovacor, Inc. and JD Johnson, which are based in Florida and New York respectively, have been issued seizure and forfeiture orders while attempting to import ink cartridges into the U.S.A.

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) has denied the entry of the products intended for the two companies because they infringe existing the 337-TA-565 general exclusion order (GEO). The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) approved Customs’ report and issued the seizure and forfeiture orders against both companies. Copies of each were provided to RT Media.

The USITC instituted the 337-TA-565 investigation on March 23, 2006, based on a complaint filed by Epson Portland, Inc. of Oregon; Epson America, Inc. of California; and Seiko Epson Corporation of Japan (collectively “Epson”), and the United States violated 7 of its U.S. Patent No. 5,615,957; claims 18, 81, 93, 149, 164 and 165 of U.S. Patent No. 5,622,439; claims 83 and 84 of U.S. Patent No. 5,158,377; claims 19 and 20 of U.S. Patent No. 5,221,148; claims 29, 31, 34 and 38 of U.S. Patent No. 5,156,472; claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,488,401; claims 1-3 and 9 of U.S. Patent No. 6,502,917; claims 1, 31 and 34 of U.S. Patent No. 6,550,902; claims 1, 10 and 14 of U.S. Patent No. 6,955,422; claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 7,008,053; and claims 21, 45, 53 and 54 of U.S. Patent No. 7,011,397.

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