Company Lodges Complaint With International Trade C…

Company Lodges Complaint With International Trade Commission and Files Patent
Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. District Court

LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 21 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Epson lodged a complaint on Feb. 17 with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) against 24 companies that manufacture, import, or distribute aftermarket ink cartridges for resale in the United States. The complaint, filed by Epson Portland Inc.,
Epson America Inc., and Seiko Epson Corp. alleges that these companies’
cartridges infringe at least nine patents that cover numerous models of
cartridges for Epson’s desktop inkjet printers. Epson is asking the ITC to
issue a general exclusion order prohibiting these companies and others from
importing and selling infringing cartridges into the United States.

In conjunction with the ITC complaint, Epson has also filed a lawsuit in
the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore. against these same 24 companies
asserting similar patent infringement claims. The District Court complaint
seeks a permanent injunction against infringement and monetary damages.

Epson has made continuous worldwide investments in R&D and significant
investments in manufacturing in the United States to produce high quality,
innovative cartridges. Both actions are part of Epson’s worldwide efforts to
protect the company and its customers from unfair competition of all types,
including the sale of patent-infringing ink cartridges.

“Epson recognizes and respects competitors’ rights to sell aftermarket ink
cartridges as long as they compete fairly, which includes not infringing
patents,” said Liz Leung, director of Supplies Marketing, Epson America. “As
with numerous patent and trademark infringement lawsuits filed previously, we
have taken both of these actions to protect the company’s innovative products
from unfair competition.”

About Epson Portland Inc.
Epson Portland Inc. is the U.S.-based manufacturing subsidiary of
Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation. Historically a printer manufacturer
(from its opening day in July of 1986 until August of 2001 Epson Portland
built over 15 million printers for business, government and personal use), the
company currently manufactures ink cartridges for ink jet printers,
refurbishes optical engines for LCD projectors and performs precision
injection molding of proprietary plastic parts. Epson Portland manufactures
over 40 million cartridges annually for sale in the United States and
elsewhere.

About Epson America Inc.
Epson America is the U.S. based marketing and service subsidiary of Seiko
Epson Corp. Epson America offers an extensive array of award-winning image
capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and
graphic arts market throughout North, Central and South America. The company
is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and
transaction terminals for the retail market. Epson America Inc. is
headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

About Seiko Epson Corp.
Seiko Epson Corp. is a global leader in imaging products including
printers, projectors and LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson
is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide
with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and
energy efficiency. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., Epson is a
network of 107 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing
contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is
located.

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