Static Control Says New Toner-Cartridge Design Doesn’t Infringe on Canon Patents
Static Control Components reported yesterday that it has a new toner-cartridge that it says Canon Inc. “admits does NOT infringe or violate” Canon patents involved in Canon’s U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation launched earlier this year in February.
At that time, Canon had launched a massive legal offensive against non-OEM, third-party toner-cartridge sellers, filing a complaint with the ITC against 49 manufacturers, distributors, and sellers. It also filed patent-infringement lawsuits in the United States against various companies.
Canon’s complaint asserted that the companies are infringing upon 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 on the toner cartridges and imaging drum units that are used in HP Inc. laser printers.
Among the companies that Canon included in its lawsuit were Static Control Components, Ninestar, Aster Graphics, Print-Rite, and others.
Earlier this month, third-party toner-cartridge Clover Imaging Group explained in a white paper that there’s a key difference between remanufacturing an existing cartridge to extend its useful life, and simply building and selling a brand-new cartridge that replaces the original. That difference is based on the consumers’ right to repair the products they own. In the landmark case Impression Products vs. Lexmark International, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rights of aftermarket remanufacturers to repair the print cartridges they purchase. In contrast, OEMs such as Canon are aggressively bringing patent-infringement legal actions against sellers of new-built cartridges that use new-built parts, and are either winning those suits or extracting settlement terms that ban the infringing new builds.
- June 2018: Clover Warns of Risks of New-Built Toner Cartridges
- May 2018: Canon Concludes U.S. Patent-Infringement Lawsuits against CLT Computers and Fairland
- May 2018: Canon Obtains New Patent-Infringement Injunction
- May 2018: Canon Wins Another Patent-Infringement Consent Judgement
- March 2018: U.S. ITC to Investigate Canon’s Patent-Infringement Allegations Against Third-Party Toner-Cartridge Sellers
- March 2018: Canon Launches Massive Legal Offensive Against 49 U.S. Clone Toner-Cartridge Sellers
- February 2018: Canon Files Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Kostland