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 user 2007-06-25 at 10:43:00 am Views: 35
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    Latest Epson Lawsuit Accuses Four of Patent Infringement
    2007 Epson filed a patent infringement lawsuit on in the U.S. District
    Court in Portland, Ore., against a large wholesale distributor and
    three internet retailers of ink cartridges. The complaint, filed by
    Epson Portland Inc., Epson America Inc., and Seiko Epson Corp. alleges
    that these four companies infringe a total of 18 patents that cover
    cartridges for Epson’s desktop and large-format inkjet printers. Epson
    seeks both permanent injunctions against continuing infringements and
    compensatory damages.

    The wholesale distributor of printer
    supplies named in the suit is Cartridges Are Us Inc. dba
    cartridgesareus.com of Ithaca, Mich. The internet retailers are:
    E-Babylon Corp. dba 123inkjets.com, a,subsidiary of Valueclick Inc. of
    Westlake Village, Calif.; Linkyo Corp. dba supermediastore.com of City
    of Industry, Calif.; and PrintPal Inc. dba printpal.com of Medford, Ore.

    will continue taking enforcement action at whateverlevel of
    distribution may be required to prevent unfair competition,”said Liz
    Leung, Epson America’s Director of Supplies Marketing. “We have
    observed that some resellers are still trying to grow sales without
    apparent concern about liability for patent infringement. Resellers
    should be mindful that patent infringements can result in very
    substantial compensatory damages. We also urge resellers to be
    especially cautious regarding claims that cartridges offered to them
    are “patent free.” It is easy to make claims that cartridges do not
    infringe, but those claims do not provide a defense against damage
    claims for the resale of infringing cartridges.”