Samsung Wins Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuit in Germany

Samsung Toner Cartridges

Samsung Electronics reports that it’s won a lawsuit against two resellers in Germany for selling unlicensed, non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) toner cartridges that were found to infringe upon two Samsung patents. Samsung prevailed against 11 defendants; two of the defendants appealed, but the German Munich Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal.

The Munich Court of Appeal confirmed that two appellants infringed upon the patents, reselling toner cartridges that were molded to be compatible with Samsung printers.  The patents are the German part of European Patent EP 2 325 701 and EP 2 256 559.

The court ordered that both of the resellers stop selling all products that infringe on the patented features, and to recall those that have been distributed since April 14, 2012.

“We are pleased with the judgment,” commented David SW Song, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics’ Printing Solutions Business. “The lawsuits are intended to protect our intellectual property rights, the rights and interests of consumers, and those of companies that produce and sell legitimately manufactured toner cartridges. We will continue to take action against resellers that sell illegal, unlicensed toners that are compatible with our products.”

According to Samsung, non-genuine toners may produce low-quality prints and can lead to various printer problems, such as excessive noise and hardware failure. The firm notes that its warranty doesn’t cover damages caused to printers that break down due to use of non-genuine toner.

Customers can identify a genuine Samsung toner by checking the label on the toner-cartridge box. The label should change colors when seen from different angles, and the embossed characters have a distinguishable texture.

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