On November 30, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued five seizure-and-forfeiture orders to companies that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) caught trying to import cartridges in violation of the ITC’s general exclusion orders (GEOs). Altogether, three companies received such orders: Discount Ink, Golden State FC, and Green Project. This latest batch brings the
One of the more exciting lawsuits we have been following is Epson’s counterfeiting and trademark-infringement suit against an alleged cartridge-counterfeiting ring in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The wealth of details about the raids on the defendants’ operations captured our attention, and the enormous scope of the counterfeiting operations surprised us.
Last week, Seiko Epson Corporation, Epson America, and Epson Portland (collectively Epson) filed suit against Nano Business and Technology in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit claims that Nano Business and Technology sells third-party inkjet cartridges that infringe a pair of Epson patents. Moreover, Epson claims that Nano’s continued sale
Indian police in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai have carried out at least three raids since October on suspected counterfeit manufacturers of Epson inkjet products, according to Indian news outlets. In Mumbai on October 4, police reportedly broke up an operation that was packaging counterfeit Epson ink bottles and selling them to a number
One month after celebrating the start of construction on a new print-head factory in Japan, Epson has announced the completion of a factory it started building a year ago. Combined, the two plants will contain eight steel-framed, earthquake-resistant stories and more than 21,000 square meters of floor space. Both facilities will produce inkjet print heads.
Last week, printer and copier OEMs finished reporting their financial results for the quarter ended on September 30, 2016. For all the Japanese OEMs, except Canon, this period is the second quarter of the fiscal year that will end on March 31, 2017. For Canon and U.S.-based OEMs Lexmark and Xerox, this period is the
Construction of Epson’s newest print-head manufacturing facility is finally underway. On October 28, Seiko Epson announced that it recently held a ceremony to launch the construction of a new factory at its Hirooka office in Shiojiri, Japan. Epson first announced its plans to invest in the new factory at the beginning of the year (see
On October 27, Seiko Epson reported its financial results for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2016. Following a tough first quarter (see “Epson Posts the Tough Q1 It Had Expected but Lifts Forecast for Printers”), Epson posted continued year-over-year decreases in revenue and profit in its second quarter, and the company lowered
Over the last two weeks, Apex Microelectronics updated its list of new replacement chips to include products that it released at the end of September. The new releases include chips for use in ink cartridges for Epson inkjet devices as well as toner cartridges for Ricoh and Samsung laser printers and MFPs. In North America,
Last month, Epson America filed a lawsuit against Century21 Electronics and various John Does for selling used Epson projectors as new on Amazon, thereby infringing Epson’s trademarks (see “Epson Sues Amazon Seller for Trademark Infringement”). Although the case did not involve Epson printer supplies, it was interesting nonetheless as an example of Epson cracking down