After digging through our file of ongoing lawsuits, we realized it had been quite some time since we had last updated readers on a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by patent troll Shipping and Transit, LLC, against online aftermarket supplies reseller LD Products. The lawsuit was interesting mainly in that it demonstrated that patent trolls are equal
Over the past six months or so, a series of class actions filed against HP over an inkjet printer firmware update have attracted a lot of attention. However, HP is also fighting a number of class actions related to it disabling but continuing to advertise a printer-installation technology called Smart Install on numerous LaserJet models.
The number of seizure-and-forfeiture orders issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) related to inkjet and toner cartridges is growing slowly in 2017—not at the breakneck pace that the industry saw in 2016. On March 13, the ITC issued a seizure order to Polaris E-Commerce Inc. after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught
The lawsuit that Epson filed last year against an alleged inkjet cartridge-counterfeiting ring centered around Reno, NV, is fascinating for a couple of reasons. It resulted in Epson and U.S. Marshals conducting raids that netted thousands of counterfeit inkjet cartridges and materials that could have been used to produce even more bogus cartridges. The scale
With Impression Products v. Lexmark International headed toward oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 21, all eyes are on this key case that has the potential to reshape the rules for the patent-exhaustion doctrine in the United States. In recent weeks, we have covered the briefs filed by the petitioner, Impression Products,
Last week, Seiko Epson Corporation, Epson America, and Epson Portland (collectively Epson) filed three new patent-infringement lawsuits against online inkjet cartridge resellers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The new lawsuits, which were filed by Epson on March 3, name as defendants the following firms: Gaea Supplies Corp. of San Gabriel,
Since 2015, Amazon and various affiliates have been issued several seizure-and-forfeiture orders by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for importing ink and toner cartridges in violation of general exclusion orders (GEOs). That trend continued on March 2, when the ITC issued an Amazon subsidiary a seizure order for attempting to import cartridges that are
On February 28, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) officially rescinded a seizure-and-forfeiture order it had given to Green Project for violating the general exclusion order (GEO) awarded to HP in the 337-TA-723 investigation. With that news, the total number of seizure-and-forfeiture orders related to ink and toner cartridges issued in 2016 decreased by one
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up the patent-exhaustion questions presented by Impression Products v. Lexmark International has resulted in a slew of legal filings, the latest of which is a brief by respondent Lexmark. Whereas Impression Products’ brief laid out the reasons why the Supreme Court should overturn the exceptions that the U.S.
Although Actionable Intelligence typically focuses on litigation related to printer/MFP hardware and supplies, we have been following Epson’s lawsuit against Century21 Electronics over selling refurbished Epson projectors as new because it is yet another example of the OEM’s efforts to crack down on Amazon sellers and other-ecommerce sellers that infringe Epson’s intellectual property. The OEM