HP Speaks Out on Canon’s Massive U.S. Patent-Infringement Campaign

Earlier this month, Wirth Consulting reported Canon Inc.’s massive legal filings against 49 U.S. sellers and distributors of unauthorized, third-party clone toner cartridges. In the legal filings, which were filed in various U.S. courts and included a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Canon alleged that the various sellers’ unauthorized toner cartridges infringed upon Canon patents.

The complaint to the ITC 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.

Today, we received the following statement from Andy Binder, vice president and general manager of Office Supplies Solutions for HP Inc.’s Supplies Business Organization:

“Intellectual property protections foster the research and development that drives innovation. We support the efforts Canon is making to protect and defend their intellectual property found in Original HP Toner cartridges. Our Original HP Toner Cartridges are the result of decades of investment, providing customers with legendary HP LaserJet reliability and consistent quality prints, all supported by our industry-leading recycling program.”

While Canon and HP Inc. have been long-time competitors, they’ve also been long-time partners, with Canon supplying HP with laser-printer engines and consumables for decades. It’s in the interests of both companies to protect HP’s aftermarket consumables revenue.

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