GEO News Scoop: US Customs & Print-Rite Clearance29 Aug, 2013
Lawyers working with remanufacturing giant, Print-Rite in the U.S., have provided a news scoop to Recycling Times Media over U.S. sales channels agreeing to meet with U.S. Customs authorities in Long Beach, California this week. In an exclusive recorded interview, Steven Adkins—a trial lawyer specializing in Section 337 investigations before the United States International Trade Commission and at U.S. Customs—spoke with Recycling Times Media’s David Gibbons. He provided details about an “iron-clad” clearance given to Print-Rite to care for their customers, and to ensure supplies are not disrupted, following the recent Canon GEO. (photo: David Gibbons, Recycling Times)
Adkins told Gibbons, “Customs will not seize the Print-Rite No-Twist™ gear product.” He added, “The details of the clearance are confidential.” He said Print-Rite has done something quite unusual in delivering a very “iron-clad,” no-risk solution for those who sell product into the United States. Adkins claims Print-Rite is the only one that has this level of clearance—“an ‘iron-clad’ clearance, meaning no one has any risk of being sued if they import the Print-Rite’s No-Twist™ gear products.”
Adkins set up meetings between Customs officials who asked to meet face-to-face with Print-Rite’s customers. “That’s what we finished doing this week”, Adkins told Gibbons. “We had customers fly across the country to come in and meet with Customs officials and provide them the information they needed, so they could continue their importations.” Adkins says Customs gave very clear instructions to those importing Print-Rite’s products: “So long as [you] are bringing in the Print-Rite No-Twist™ gear product, there is no issue.” Apparently Customs also warned other offshore suppliers have no such clearances.
Adkins also told Recycling Times’ Gibbons Canon had obtained a very broad general exclusion order from the ITC, which could affect tens, if not hundreds, of companies around the world. “As is the case with all general exclusion orders,” he said, “Canon got an order that shuts everyone in the world out of this market, even if they were not listed on the ITC complaint.”
After becoming aware of Canon’s patents years ago, Print-Rite was motivated to come up with a different, innovative technology that allowed the US Patent Office to grant Print-Rite a patent on its own product. Adkins concludes, “So the system worked the way it should in this respect.”
Parts of Adkins’ interview with Gibbons can be heard on the weekly inTouch TV News bulletin this week at http://vimeo.com/73302873 and the fuller interview can also be heard at http://bit.ly/printrite86
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