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Four more seizure orders handed out

July 15, 2016

USITC logoSeizure-and-forfeiture orders from cases at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) are two away from matching 2015’s record.

The orders are issued by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and relate to General Exclusion Orders (GEOs) handed out by the USITC. 2016’s seizure orders have now reached a total of 58 in 2016 compared to 60 during the whole of 2015. The first of the four was handed to Inscribe Inc., for infringing the 2007 Epson inkjet GEO – 337-TA-565; while the second was given to Parcel Pack Express for infringing HP Inc’s 2011 inkjet GEO, 337-TA-691.

The third order was handed to Emerald Recycling LLC for infringing another HP Inc inkjet GEO from 2011 – 337-TA-723 – and finally, the fourth order was handed to YMCK Systems Inc., for infringing the 337-TA-740 2011 Lexmark toner GEO. From earlier this year, 11 were issued in January to: Smart and Easy Corp.; Appearances International; BCMY Corp.; Electric Zone Inc.; Ninestar; Prime Depot; Smart A Inc.; and then seven in February to Appearances International, Blue Planet Trading, Elmart Inc., MC Max, LLC, OW Supplies Corp., Topmay Inc and US Inker Technology.

Four were issued in early March to Amazon, JD Johnson, Ovacor Inc and Universal Ribbon Corporation, before seven more were handed out to five different companies later that month, including: two each to David & Yonathan Trade and United Toner LLC; and one each to Graphic Toners Inc; Katech Imaging; and Revol Trading. Another two reported in April included one for HT Tech Inc., for infringing the Epson ‘565 GEO – and for Wando LLC, for infringing Canon’s 2013 ‘829 GEO relating to the “twisted prism” gear on laser cartridges.

In May, eight more were handed down to the following: three to Inc; and one each to Compu-Imaging Inc; GMC Online Trading LLC; Quantum Tech International Inc; Spectrum Imaging LLC; and Xcess Technology Inc. All the seizure orders this year variously related to Canon’s ‘918 dongle gear GEO, Epson’s ‘565 inkjet GEO, HP Inc’s 2011 ‘691 and ‘723 GEOs, and Lexmark’s ‘740 GEO.

Finally, last month 11 more were issued, with six including three for breaching Epson’s ‘565 inkjet GEO, including LTS Consumables, Inc., Prinko Image Co. (USA) Inc., and Carla Seminario. Two of the remaining three were issued in relation to the ‘691 HP Inc GEO, to LTS Consumables and Smart and Easy Corp. Finally, the remaining order was to Emerald Recycling LLC for Canon’s dongle gear GEO, 337-TA-918.

The Recycler also reported in June on five orders for EC Enterprise Inc., Laser Pros International, SID Trading Inc., Tech-Optics, Inc., and Widenrich Imaging Technologies LLC, all of which related to the dongle gear GEO. Tech-Optics also received an order relating to the Lexmark ‘740 GEO, and three more orders concerned the ‘337 HP Inc GEO, for Elmart Inc., PTS Portland Trade Services Inc., and Quantum Tech International Inc.

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