Canon Granted Injunction that Bars Sales of Copycat Toner Cartridges in Brazil

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Canon Inc. of Tokyo today announced that it’s filed two patent-infringement complaints in Brazil against local companies for infringement of its Brazilian Patent Nos. PI 0720506-6 and PI 0807733-9 relating, respectively, to an “electro-photographic drum unit, processing cartridge and device for producing electro-photographic images.” and to a “developing device and device for producing electro-photographic images for forming an image on a recording medium.” The toner cartridges are being sold for use in various HP Inc. laser-printer models.

Canon is seeking injunctive relief and damages. The District Court Judge in Rio de Janeiro has granted a preliminary injunction and ordered the defendants to stop producing, using, placing for sale, selling or importing, directly or indirectly, the toner cartridges under the penalty of a fine in the event of default. Canon notes however that the judge’s decisions could be challenged by the defendants’ appeals, and final decisions by the court are still pending.

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