Epson hits Taiwanese ink system maker

A Taiwan court has barred a local manufacturer from producing for Seiko Epson Corp. printers after receiving a petition from the Japanese company.

A Taiwan court has barred a local manufacturer of continuous ink supply systems from producing models for Seiko Epson printers after receiving a petition from the Japanese company.

Seiko Epson lodged a complaint with the district court in Taichung, central Taiwan, in April, alleging the systems infringe upon its Taiwanese patents, it said in a statement. Earlier this month the court issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits U-Bar International from directly or indirectly manufacturing, importing or selling the continuous ink supply system for Epson printers.

Such systems continuously feed ink from external reservoirs via pipes into adapters that plug into the printer's cartridge slots.

Seiko Epson planned to monitor if U-Bar complied with the injunction and would push the case forward if the Taiwanese company was found to be ignoring the court's instructions, a spokesperson for Seiko Epson, Kenkichi Shibata, said.

The injunction is the latest of several favourable outcomes for Seiko Epson from courts around the world.

Most recently four German online retailers agreed in out of court settlements to stop selling third-party ink cartridges for Epson printers. Last year similar out-of-court settlements were reached with companies in the UK and Hong Kong.

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