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Four more seizure orders in USA

March 16, 2016

USITC logoThe United States International Trade Commission (USITC) handed four more seizure-and-forfeiture orders in the USA.

The four orders were handed out in March to Amazon, JD Johnson, Ovacor Inc and Universal Ribbon Corporation, with Amazon’s order based on the GEO awarded in 2011 to Lexmark in the 337-TA-740 investigation. JD Johnson and Ovacor Inc’s orders meanwhile related to the same GEO, awarded to Epson in 2007 (337-TA-565), while Universal Ribbon Corporation’s order related to the dongle gear GEO won last year by Canon, 337-TA-918.

A number of companies were handed orders last month, including Appearances International, Blue Planet Trading, Elmart Inc., MC Max, LLC, OW Supplies Corp., Topmay Inc and US Inker Technology. Those were issued concerning two HP GEOs awarded in 2011 – 337-TA-723 and 337-TA-691 – Epson’s 2007 ‘565 GEO, and Canon’s dongle gear GEO.

In January, 11 other orders were issued by the USITC, to companies including: Smart and Easy Corp.; Appearances International; BCMY Corp.; Electric Zone Inc.; Ninestar; Prime Depot; and Smart A Inc. These also related to the Canon dongle gear GEO, the Epson ‘565 GEO, the HP ‘691 and ‘723 GEOs and Lexmark’s ‘740 GEO.

60 had been issued during 2015, which patent lawyer Helen Duan noted in her REMCON presentation at last month’s Remanexpo@Paperworld 2016. Other orders were handed out in December 2015, including an order against Amazon, while one company received three orders in November 2015. Baiksan was also handed an order in October 2015, as were Clover and Amazon.

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