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Epson hits Taiwanese ink system maker

External reservoir production halted

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

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 today. Earlier this month the court issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits U-Bar 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.

Epson plans to monitor if U-Bar complies with the injunction and will push the case forward if the Taiwanese company is found to be ignoring the court's instructions, said Kenkichi Shibata, a spokesman for Epson.

The injunction is the latest of several favourable outcomes for 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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