ITC Investigating Alleged Patent-Infringement of Canon Laser-Printer Supplies

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????China Daily reports that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has begun a patent-investigation into toner cartridges marketed by some 30 companies based in China and the United States that Canon Inc. alleges violates its patents.

“The products at issue in this investigation are replaceable monochrome toner cartridges and replaceable color toner cartridges for use in laser beam printers and other laser printing machines,” the bipartisan trade panel said in a statement.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Canon Inc. on May 7, 2014, alleging that the companies are infringing on patents for toner cartridges and imaging drums used in Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser printers. In its complaint, Canon alleged that the toner cartridges and imaging drums violate Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930. It’s requesting that the ITC issue a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders against the products.

Within 45 days, the ITC panel will set a date for completing its investigation. If the panel rules in favor of Canon, it will issue an import ban on infringing products and bar the sale of the products in the United States.

In its complaint to the ITC, Canon alleged that 33 manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of toner cartridges are infringing 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 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

The infringing cartridges are sold for use in more than 50 models of Canon and Hewlett-Packard black-and-white laser printers.

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