Katun Refutes Canon Patent-Infringement Lawsuit

Katun, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, and is a provider of OEM-compatible printer supplies (toner cartridges, photoreceptors, etc.) recently responded to a patent-infringement suit filed by Canon Inc. in the United States against Katun and other companies (see story here.)

In its lawsuit, Canon alleged patent infringement of certain Canon patents, specifically as it relates to a “dongle-type rotating arm” (i.e., a coupling mechanism at the end of an imaging drum). Canon originally filed this suit in February of this year, naming 18 parties, and amended its filing May 7th, to now include 33 parties.

In a press release, Katun refuted the patent-infringement charges, with William McIntyre, senior vice president and general counsel for Katun Corporation stating: “For 35 years Katun has led the industry in providing IP-compliant, high-quality, OEM-equivalent aftermarket product. We continue to make significant annual investment in support of our robust processes for ensuring IP compliance, which are supported by our team of in-house Intellectual Property attorneys who, combined, have more than 20 years of IP and industry experience. Accordingly, Katun is confident the product we are selling is IP-compliant. Our subject matter expertise is a key component of our product strategy and will be the driving factor in bringing this issue to resolution.”

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