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Seizure orders almost at 2015 total

June 14, 2016

USITC logoThe seizure-and-forfeiture orders based on cases at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) have nearly reached the total for the whole of last year.

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 54 in 2016 compared to 60 during the whole of 2015. The latest orders include six more, with three issued to companies for breaching Epson’s 2007 inkjet GEO – 337-TA-565, including LTS Consumables, Inc., Prinko Image Co. (USA) Inc., and Carla Seminario.

Two of the remaining three orders were issued in relation to the 337-TA-691 HP Inc inkjet GEO from 2011, and were given to LTS Consumables and Smart and Easy Corp. Finally, the remaining order was handed to Emerald Recycling LLC in relation to Canon’s dongle gear GEO 337-TA-918. The Recycler reported earlier this month 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 337-TA-740 GEO, awarded in 2011. Three more orders concerned the ‘337 HP Inc GEO, with companies named including Elmart Inc., PTS Portland Trade Services Inc., and Quantum Tech International Inc. 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.

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.

Finally, 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 2007 ‘565 inkjet GEO, HP Inc’s 2011 ‘691 and ‘723 inkjet GEOs, and Lexmark’s ‘740 GEO.

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