Canon Launches Massive Legal Offensive Against 49 U.S. Clone Toner-Cartridge Sellers

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Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, has launched a massive legal offensive against clone toner-cartridge sellers, announcing today that it had filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against 49 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of third-party clone toner cartridges and imaging drum units. It also patent-infringement lawsuits in the United States against various companies.

The complaint asserts that the companies infringe on Canon’s U.S. Patent Nos. 9,746,826; 9,836,021; 9,841,727; 9,841,728; 9,841,729; 9,857,764; 9,857,765; 9,869,960; and 9,874,846. The toner cartridges and imaging drum units are used in HP laser printers.

The proposed respondents, all of which are located in the United States, named in the ITC complaint are:

Ninestar Corporation;
Ninestar Image Tech Limited;
Ninestar Technology Company, Ltd.;
Apex Microtech Ltd.;
Static Control Components, Inc.;
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.;
Kingway Image Co., Ltd.;
Ourway Image Tech Co., Ltd.;
Ourway Image Co., Ltd.;
Zhuhai Aowei Electronics Co., Ltd.;
Ourway US Inc.;
9010-8077 Quebec Inc.;
Acecom, Inc. – San Antonio;
ACM Technologies, Inc.;
Apex Excel Limited;
Arlington Industries, Inc.;
Billiontree Technology USA Inc.;
Bluedog Distribution Inc.;
CLT Computers, Inc.;
Do It Wiser LLC;
EIS Office Solutions, Inc.;
eReplacements, LLC;
Fairland, LLC;
Frontier Imaging, Inc.;
FTrade, Inc.;
Garvey’s Office Products, Inc.;
Global Cartridges;
GPC Trading Co., Limited;
Hong Kong BoZe Co., Limited;
Master Print Supplies, Inc.;
i8 International, Inc.;
Imaging Supplies Investors, LLC;
Ink Technologies Printer Supplies, LLC;
Kuhlmann Enterprises, Inc.;
LD Products, Inc.;
Linkyo Corp.;
Online Tech Stores, LLC;
Print After Print, Inc.;
Reliable Imaging Computer Products, Inc.;
The Supplies Guys, LLC;
V4INK, Inc.;
World Class Ink Supply, Inc.; and
Zinyaw LLC

Canon also filing of complaints against those companies in U.S. district courts across the country, asserting infringement of the above patents, including in the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the Middle District of North Carolina, the Middle District of Tennessee, the Western District of Tennessee, the Western District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of Ohio, the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of Georgia, the District of Arizona, the Eastern District of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.

Canon filed its patent-infringement lawsuit in the California Central District Court on February 28, 2018 against Apex Microtech Ltd., Ninestar Corporation, Ninestar Image Tech Limited, and Ninestar Technology Company Ltd.

It also filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the California Central District Court on February 28, 2018 against V4Ink, Inc., Fairland LLC, and Aster Graphics. It filed a patent-infringment lawsuit against Zinyaw LLC in Texas Southern Court.

(In 2016, Ninestar – previously known as Apex Technology – and a consortium of investors that include PAG Asia Capital and Legend Capital Management – completed the acquisition of Lexmark International for $3.6 billion.)

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