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Epson Extends Patent Enforcement to Mexico

28 Aug, 2007

Epson Extends Patent Enforcement to Mexico

LONG BEACH, CA – On August 14 and 15, the Mexican Industrial Property Institute (“IMPI”), which is the Mexican trademark and patent office, served preliminary injunctions and inspected the premises of three large Mexican wholesale distributors that distribute aftermarket ink jet cartridges for Epson desktop printers.

The preliminary injunctions and inspections for evidence resulted from actions filed by Seiko Epson Corp. against these distributors alleging infringement of four patents that cover innovations in a wide range of cartridge models for Epson desktop ink jet printers. The wholesale distributors of printer supplies named in the actions are Interlasser SA de CV of Mexico City; Computacion Administrativa y Diseňo SA de CV dba Cadtoner of Monterrey, and Memomedia SA de CV of Guadalajara.

Seiko Epson recently filed these patent infringement actions in Mexico as part of its worldwide effort to protect the company and its authorized distributors from unfair competition. Previous enforcement efforts include many patent and trademark enforcement lawsuits throughout the United States, Europe and Asia against the manufacturers and distributors of infringing cartridges. Epson has invested continuously in R & D and manufacturing to produce high quality, innovative ink cartridges, including very substantial investments in Juarez, Mexico, where Epson operates a large ink cartridge manufacturing facility.

“We are pleased that IMPI has taken such effective and timely action to enforce Epson's intellectual property rights,” said Fabrice Commelin, Epson’s Vice President of Latin American Operations. “These are Epson’s first patent infringement actions in Mexico, but Epson has successfully enforced its cartridge patents in many other countries. We are working to achieve similar success in limiting patent infringement in Mexico.”

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