EPSON SPEAKS OUT ON COURT ACTION …….

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EPSON SPEAKS OUT ON COURT ACTION …….

 user 2008-10-07 at 2:13:51 pm Views: 56
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    http://www.pcretailmag.com/news/30602/Epson-speaks-out-on-court-action
    Epson speaks out on court action
    Says
    Medea’s claims that it has settled are false – Medea hits backPrinter
    vendor Epson has said that it is still taking legal action with Choice,
    Ebuyer and Medea International for disputes over its ink cartridge
    patents, despite settling one case out of court.Epson claims there are
    currently two ongoing court cases, one filed in 2006 (which Medea
    International has settled out of court) and a separate case filed in
    2007, which all three parties are still involved in.

    The latter
    case is apparently in relation to four separate print cartridge patent
    infringements, and Epson said it will potentially be seeking
    injunctions in excess of £1 million in damages and costs.”Although
    Epson welcomes fair competition in the ink cartridge marketplace,
    infringement of Epson patented technology and innovations undermines
    this investment and provides an unfair advantage to those companies
    acting illegally,” said Koichi Endo, chief operating officer for
    Consumer Products Operations Division of Seiko Epson Corporation.”As
    such, we intend to protect our patents against any infringement and we
    continue to pursue our legal action against Medea International filed
    in October 2007.”

    However, Medea International disputes these
    claims. When asked to comment, a spokesperson from the Dundee based
    firm said: “Epson (SEC) has made many allegations about our patented
    Inkrite cartridges. This is the second time. Maybe after that there
    will be a third, or a fourth.”We are not suggesting for a moment that
    SEC are guilty of the systematic abuse of the British courts, or that
    they are guilty of the kind of corporate cancer that prevents our
    courts from dealing with real issues.”Whether or not these current
    allegations or patents are valid is something we will find out in due
    course.”