MEDEA INT'L / INKRITE PAYS-OFF EPSON & SETTLES LAWSUITS

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MEDEA INT'L / INKRITE PAYS-OFF EPSON & SETTLES LAWSUITS

 user 2010-10-19 at 8:16:00 am Views: 48
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    MEDEA INT’L / INKRITE PAYS-OFF EPSON & SETTLES LAWSUITS 
    Epson announces settlement with Medea International over its distribution of
    Inkrite cartridges
    Medea International has paid an unknown sum to
    print giant Epson to end the
    long-running dispute over the former’s distribution of Inkrite
    cartridges.Epson launched legal proceedings against Medea in 2007
    regarding the distribution of
    Inkrite cartridges manufactured by Ninestar Image International in
    China, which
    Epson maintains infringed a patent it holds.Matthew Drew, group product
    manager at Epson, said: “We are extremely pleased
    that this dispute with Medea over the infringement of our intellectual
    property
    rights has now reached a successful conclusion.”

    According to a statement released today by Epson,
    Medea, which is based in
    Scotland and owns various brands including Inkrite, JR Inkjet and
    InkyJet, has
    “agreed to withdraw the products from sale and pay an undisclosed sum
    towards
    Epson’s claim for substantial damages and legal costs.“We invest heavily
    in research and development to ensure that our customers
    receive the best possible imaging results from our products. Attempts to
    copy
    our technologies affect Epson as a brand and our customers’
    experiences,” Drew
    said.“We will continue to take a proactive stance to protect our brand,
    our
    channel partners and our customers.”

    In August, Yorkshire-based online reseller
    Ebuyer
    settled with Epson
    over its alleged sales of Medea’s Inkrite cartridges –
    again for an undisclosed sum.