Canon Files Slew of Amazon Toner-Take-Down Requests

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Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, today reported that it’s requested Amazon to remove three third-party toner cartridges listed for sale on Amazon and which it says infringe upon its patents:

  • Canon filed a Report Infringement Forms with Amazon ES based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the Spanish portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the toner-cartridge models “CB541A” and “CB542A” offered by Hamle UG haftungsbeschränkt under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B01M75H3AV and B01M5JZWR6. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP toner-cartridge models and provide inter alia a non-OEM housing and a non-OEM force receiving device according to claim 1 of EP ‘289. Furthermore, they comprise an elastic portion according to claim 2 of EP ‘289.
  • Canon filed a Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.com seeking removal of Amazon.com listings for certain toner cartridges sold by Techsupplies 99 for use in HP laser  printers.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that certain model CE311A, CE312A and CE313A toner cartridges sold by Techsupplies 99 via Amazon.com infringed Canon’s U.S. Patent No. 8,688,008. Canon requested that Amazon remove Techsupplies 99’s listings for those products, namely, Techsupplies 99’s listings with Amazon Standard Identification Number (“ASIN”) B072QZ595P.

At the time of this announcement, the above-identified Techsupplies 99 listings were no longer available on Amazon.com.

  • Canon filed  a Report Infringement Form with Amazon ES based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the Spanish portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the toner-cartridge model “CB540A” offered by Herreros y Socios SL under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B071SGXYZJ. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective product. This product is compatible with OEM HP toner-cartridge model and provides inter alia a non-OEM housing and a non-OEM force receiving device according to claim 1 of EP ‘289. Furthermore, it comprises an elastic portion according to claim 2 of EP ‘289.

Canon noted that filing a Report Infringement Form with Amazon is a service offered by Amazon and does not comprise any official finding of validity or infringement of a patent. The decision to take down a product is in the discretion of Amazon and is based on information provided by Canon.

Amazon informed the vendors about the take-downs and the vendors may object to it.

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