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Epson seizes counterfeits in US raids

Epson seizes counterfeits in US raids

September 26, 2016

The OEM has also filed trademark infringement cases against a series of companies after the raids in Nevada.Epson logo

In a press release, the OEM stated that “thousands of counterfeit ink cartridges [were] seized” in the raids earlier this month, with the OEM’s officials supported by US marshals. The filed complaint was for trademark infringement, and included a request for a temporary restraining order and seizure against InkSystem LLC, alongside related companies. These included AF LLC, ART LLC, Lucky Print LLC, Inkredible LLC LLC, and “three individuals”.

The complaint alleged that these companies “were manufacturing, distributing and selling counterfeit Epson-branded ink cartridges”, with US District Court Judge Robert C. Jones accepting the OEM’s request, ordering a temporary restraining order and “seizure of unauthorised products, labels, and equipment as well as business records from defendants’ business premises in and around Reno”, in Nevada.

The search and seizure took place a few days after the order was granted, with Epson officials and US marshals raiding three locations before filing a “report with the court that described the defendants’ counterfeit operations” as well as the seizure of over 14,000 counterfeit ink cartridges “and components sufficient to make many thousands more counterfeits”.

Judge Jones then granted the OEM’s request for a preliminary injunction against trademarket infringement, before lifting the seal on the court documents. Epson stated that it has “made continuous worldwide investments in R&D and large investments in manufacturing in the US to produce high quality, innovative printers and cartridges”, with the actions “part of Epson’s worldwide efforts to protect the company and its customers from unfair competition”.

Jilana Miller, Epson’s Associate General Counsel, commented: “Epson has a long history of vigorous legal action to protect the company, consumers and legitimate resellers from unfair competition. We are pleased that the court recognised the need for quick and decisive action to stop these defendants from defrauding customers by converting third-party remanufactured and grey market cartridges into counterfeit Epson cartridges. We will continue to take whatever action is necessary to protect Epson and the printer supply industry from this type of unfair competition.”

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