April 15, 2016
The seizure-and-forfeiture orders issued by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) relate to General Exclusion Orders (GEOs) handed out by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), and with 15 new orders handed out in the past few weeks, the year’s total so far has reached 38, compared to 60 in total during the whole of 2015.
The first seven were handed out at the end of March to five different companies, with two issued to David & Yonathan Trade. One of the two GEOs infringed was the 337-TA-565 case awarded to Epson in 2007, while the other was for the GEO awarded to HP in 2011, 337-TA-691– both relating to inkjet cartridges. Another company issued two orders was United Toner LLC, again for the 2011 HP GEO and another GEO awarded to HP in 2011, 337-TA-723, based on integrated inkjet cartridges.
Finally, three more companies were handed one order each – Graphic Toners Inc; Katech Imaging; and Revol Trading. Graphic Toners’ order was related to the 2015 GEO awarded to Canon relating to the dongle gear, 337-TA-918, while Katech Imaging’s order related to the Epson ‘565 GEO from 2007. Revol Tradings’ order was again related to HP’s ‘691 GEO from 2011 relating to inkjet cartridges.
The next eight orders were additionally issued to six companies at the start of this month, including: Compandsave.com Inc; Compu-Imaging Inc; GMC Online Trading LLC; Quantum Tech International Inc; Spectrum Imaging LLC; and Xcess Technology Inc. Compandsave.com Inc was issued three orders, with the first relating to Epson’s 2007 GEO (‘565), the second to HP’s 2011 GEO (‘691), and the third to another HP GEO from 2011 (‘723).
Compu-Imaging Inc’s order was issued in relation to the HP ‘723 GEO as well, while GMC Online Trading LLC’s order was related to the Epson ‘565 GEO. Finally, the three remaining companies named – Quantum Tech International, Spectrum Imaging and Xcess Technology – were all issued orders relating to the Canon dongle gear GEO.
Four seizure orders were issued in March (http://www.therecycler.com/posts/four-more-seizure-orders-in-usa/), 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 Epson’s 2007 ‘565 GEO, while Universal Ribbon Corporation’s order related to the dongle gear GEO.
A number of companies were handed orders in February, including Appearances International, Blue Planet Trading, Elmart Inc., MC Max, LLC, OW Supplies Corp., Topmay Inc and US Inker Technology. Those were issued concerning the two HP GEOs awarded in 2011 –‘723 and ‘691 – Epson’s 2007 ‘565 GEO, and Canon’s dongle gear GEO.
In January, 11 other orders were issued to: 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. Other orders handed out in December 2015 included 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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