Seizure and Forfeiture Order Issued Against Ink Cartridges

Florida-based MC Max, LLC and California-based OW Supplies Corp., have both been issued separate seizure and forfeiture orders on February 18 following their respective attempts to import certain ink cartridges and components into the United States that violate a standing General Exclusion Order, or GEO.

The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) has informed the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) that each violated the GEO related to the 337-TA-565 investigation.

The USITC issued Seizure and Forfeiture Orders to these two companies respectively, based on information and documents provided by Customs.  Copies of each were sent 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”), alleging 24 companies located in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, 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.

The USITC issued the general exclusion order on October 19, 2007.

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