Canon Goes After Toner Remanufacturers in a Big Way

canon inc. headquartersCanon Inc. of Japan announced that it’s filed patent-infringement lawsuits against no less than 33 toner-cartridge remanufacturers.

The firm reported that it’s filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) against 33 manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of toner cartridges that infringe on Canon’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,135,304; 8,280,278; 8,369,744; 8,565,640; 8,630,564; 8,676,085; 8,676,090; 8,682,215; and 8,688,008. The proposed respondents named in the complaint are:

Ninestar Image Tech Limited
Zhuhai Seine Technology Co., Ltd.
Ninestar Technology Company, Ltd.
Seine Tech (USA) Co., Ltd.
Seine Image Int’l Co., Ltd.
Ninestar Image Tech, Ltd.
Seine Image (USA) Co., Ltd.
Nano Pacific Corporation
Aster Graphics, Inc.
Jiangxi Yibo E-tech Co., Ltd.
Aster Graphics Co., Ltd.
Print-Rite Holdings Ltd.
Print-Rite N.A., Inc.
Union Technology Int’l (M.C.O.) Co. Ltd.
Print-Rite Unicorn Image Products Co. Ltd.
Innotex Precision Ltd.
International Laser Group, Inc.
Shenzhen ASTA Official Consumable Co., Ltd.
Acecom, Inc. – San Antonio
ACM Technologies, Inc.
American Internet Holdings, LLC
The Supplies Guys, LLC
Do It Wiser LLC
Grand Image Inc.
Green Project, Inc.
Ink Technologies Printer Supplies, LLC
Katun Corporation
LD Products, Inc.
Linkyo Corp.
Nectron International, Inc.
Online Tech Stores, LLC
Printronic Corporation
Zinyaw LLC

Canon previously filed complaints against many of these companies in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 29, 2014, and today filed complaints against the remaining companies in the same court. The district court complaints allege infringement of the same patents asserted in the USITC complaint, and additionally allege infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,433,219; 8,437,669; and 8,494,411.

The infringing cartridges are sold for use in more than 50 models of Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers. Canon is seeking a general exclusion order in the USITC action and damages and injunctive relief in the district court actions.

Earlier this week, Canon also announced that it filed patent-infringement suit in the Netherlands before the District Court The Hague against Seine (Holland) B.V. for infringement of Canon’s European Patent (NL) number 2 087 407 by, inter alia, the importation, offer and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers. Canon is seeking injunctive relief and damages.

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