Canon Initiates Slew of Amazon Toner Take-Down Requests

Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, continued its strategy of seeking to remove third-party toner cartridges designed for use with Canon and HP Inc. laser printers from the Amazon ecommerce platform.

Canon announced today that it had initiated four toner-cartridge take-downs:

  • Canon filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.de based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the German portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the cartridge models “CC530A”, “CC531A”, “CC533A” and “CE322A” offered by Handelsagentur Silhan GmbH under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B007QBAGE6, B007QBAAJM, B007QBABV4 and B007QBABP0. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the HP toner-cartridge models “CC530A”, “CC531A”, “CC533A” and “CE322A” 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 of a Report Infringement Form with Amazon.it based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the Italian portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the cartridge model “CF210A” offered by Beijingshibeifangbangongyongpingongsi under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B07DL121SF. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective product. This product is compatible with the HP toner-cartridge model “CF210A” 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 filed a Report Infringement Form with Amazon Italy based on the alleged use of claim 1 and 25 of the Italian portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 2 087 407 regarding the cartridge model “CE505A” offered by Game Electronic Virz di Bruno Compasse under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B06XQSLRNS, B06XQL15PS and B008KM81CE. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the HP toner-cartridge model CE505A and provide inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.
  • Canon filed a Report Infringement Form with Amazon Italy based on the alleged use of claim 1 and 25 of the Italian portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 2 087 407 regarding the cartridge model “CE505A” offered by YOFFICE SRL under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B01DWFGF08. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective product. This product is compatible with the  HP toner cartridge model CE505A and provides inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.

Canon noted that filing Report Infringement Forms 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 vendor about the take-downs and the vendors may object.

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