Toner Cartridges Seized at Border

Toner Cartridges Seized at Border

Border control authorities in the USA have been busy in February seizing inkjet and toner cartridges that infringe General Exclusion orders.

RT Media has been advised that certain toner cartridges being imported into the country on February 18, have been seized by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”). Their request to the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) for seizure and forfeiture orders that violate the GEO related to the 337-TA-918 investigation, were upheld.

California-based Topmay Inc. or any of its affiliated companies were named in the orders.

In May 2014, Canon filed a complaint before the USITC against 34 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of toner cartridges for infringement of its nine U.S. patents (Nos. 8,135,304; 8,280,278; 8,369,744; 8,565,640; 8,630,564; 8,676,085; 8,676,090; 8,682,215; and 8,688,008).

In June 2015, the USITC Administrative Law Judge recommended a general exclusion order, as well as cease and desist orders to the nine domestic defaulting respondents, and that a 100 percent bond be established for importation during the Presidential review period. Later the USITC officially granted a GEO on the 337-TA-918 investigation on August 31, 2015.

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