Computable reports that Samsung Netherlands has sued four toner-cartridge dealers in The Netherlands, alleging the dealers illegally cloned Samsung toner cartridges. The dealers include Yorcom Computers, Digital Revolution, and Maxperian. Samsung submitted an application on November 14, 2013 in The Netherlands for a preliminary injunction to stop the distribution of the non-licensed non-OEM toner cartridges, which it says infringe on key Samsung Electronics patents and designs.
According to Samsung, the patent infringements involve the part of the toner cartridge that collects used toner, and the cartridge’s IC chip’s contact point that enables the printer and toner cartridge to recognize each other. It also says Samsung toner cartridges are protected by a registered Community design (IGM). A ruling on the matter is expected this month.
Samsung Electronics filed a similar lawsuit in Germany. In November 2013, a Munich court issued a provisional ban on seven dealers.