Protect Your Aftermarket Business, Learn the Limitation of Patents Now!

Between September 2014 and September 2015, Recycling Times Media (RT Media) reported six 337 investigation cases in the USA, including 337-TA-918, 337-TA-946, 337-TA-960, 337-TA-565, 337-TA-740, and 337-TA-723. But they potentially impact any Aftermarket cartridge business wanting to reach the lucrative US market. Here is a brief summary:

Inv. No. Patents Involved Aftermarket Company Involved Status (click to learn the updates)
337-TA-918 9 Patents 33 Aftermarket Companies GEO Issued 
337-TA-946 5 Patents 19 Aftermarket Companies Partially Terminated
337-TA-960 2 Patents 2 Aftermarket Companies Settled
337-TA-565 11 Patents 2 Aftermarket Companies GEO Issued
337-TA-740 15 Patents 24 Aftermarket Companies GEO Issued
337-TA-723 6 Patents 7 Aftermarket Companies GEO Issued
TOTAL: 48 Patents 87 Aftermarket Companies
Among the above investigations, four ended up being granted a GEO! It’s a wake-up-alarm for the Aftermarket industry. Not only the respondents listed in the GEO are impacted. Once a GEO is issued, every Aftermarket professional who produces or sells the same products covered by the GEO is affected.
In the past week, RT Media reported three aftermarket companies were hit by four seizure and forfeiture orders respectively: Environmental Business Solutions, Ninestar Technology Co. Ltd. and Billiontree Technology USA Inc. None of these companies were on the original investigation lists!
Many Aftermarket companies are wondering how they can find out vital patent information involved in the 337 investigations. However, searching is time consuming just to find the simplest facts of the patent: the issue date, region, related components, and expiry date.
RT Media has partnered with Innopat Intellectual Property Co. Ltd., a professional patent and trademark agency authorized by the State Intellectual Property Office of China, to launch the PatentSmart website ( which serves the global print consumables industry, particularly in the tricky patent/ legal area. RT Media invites every industry professional to visit the website to view the free patents and try the search function to find out the patent details with simple clicks. To become a subscriber, at just US$30 per month, you could enjoy the unlimited access to the whole patent database!
About RT Media
Recycling Times Media Corporation (RT Media) educates, informs and provides networking and business opportunities for the 2D and 3D printing industry. The RT Media international team comprises talent from Australia, America, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong and China.RT Media is the organizer of RemaxWorld Expo, the world’s largest print consumables trade show event held each year in Zhuhai, China—the world capital of print consumables manufacturing.  RT Media also organizes the RT Imaging Summit & Expo—Americas, RT Imaging Summit & Expo—Europe and World Toner Conference.  RT Media publishes regular inTouch TV News bulletins and monthly editions of the Recycling Times magazine for the global industry-separately with Chinese, English, Spanish, Korean and Russian editions. In the 3D printing arena, RT Media organizes the world leading professional 3D printing trade shows—Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo—Shanghai and iPrint 3D Expo. RT Media was also the first to publish a monthly Chinese magazine focusing on the 3D printing industry—3D Printing World.
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