Epson wins injunction against ink system maker

Epson files complaint against Taiwan firm in ongoing battle against third party ink retailers

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 Wednesday. Earlier this month the court issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits U-Bar International Co. 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 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 Seiko Epson.

The injunction is the latest of several favorable 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 U.K. and Hong Kong.