Seven months after the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued the Initial Determination (ID order No.12) granting the Epson’s motion for summary determination, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has now announced the termination of the Epson 337-946 Investigation.
According to copies provided to RT Media, dated on May 26, USITC has determined to issue a General Exclusive Order (GEO) barring entry of certain ink cartridges and components that infringe the patents asserted in this investigation and Cease and Desist Orders (CDOs) directed against two domestic defaulting respondents, namely California-based InkPro2day, LLC and Texas-based Zinyaw, LLC.
On December 23, 2014, Epson filed a complaint claiming 19 respondents allegedly infringed 5 patents. Following the complaint, the USITC instituted a 337 investigation on January 21, 2015. On June 18, the ALJ issued ID Order No. 9 granting that 17 respondents were in default. To save both public and private resources, Epson urged the USITC to withdraw 19 of its claims on 5 patents. The Administrative Law Judge Sandra Dee Lord approved Epson’s request and granted the investigation be partially terminated on October 28, 2015 with issuance of ID Order No. 12.
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