Two Separate Orders Issued for Infringement of the Same GEO on the Same Day

The US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) has denied the entry of the products intended for two companies claiming each infringes the 337-TA-565 General Exclusion Order (GEO).

As a result, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) approved the Customs’ request and issued the separate seizure and forfeiture orders against Florida-based GMC Online Trading LLC and California-based Inc.

Both companies had respectively attempted to import ink cartridges and components into the United States that violate the standing GEO. Copies of both orders have been 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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