Canon Obtains Three More Amazon Toner-Cartridge Take-Downs

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In its continuing quest to eliminate unauthorized third-party toner cartridges for sale on Amazon, on April 12th, Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, announced that it had filed three Report Infringement Forms with Amazon:

  • Canon filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon UK-based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the UK portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the cartridge models “CE320A”, “CE321A”, “CE322A”, “CE323A”, “CB540A”, “CB541A” and “CB543A” offered by Consumable Direct Limited under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B00IK0J7SI, B007Y5ODKC, B007Y5OK3M, B007Y5OH1W, B00IK0IVX0, B00IK0IWM0 and B007XTYUA2. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the above OEM HP toner-cartridge models “CE320A”, “CE321A”, “CE322A”, “CE323A”, “CB540A”, “CB541A”, “CB543A” and provide inter alia a non-OEM housing and a non-OEM force receiving device according to claim 1 of EP ‘289. They also comprise an elastic portion according to claim 2 of EP ‘289.
  • Canon announced it filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon UK-based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the UK portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the cartridge models “CC530A”, “CC531A”, “CC532A”, “CC533A”, “CB540A”, “CB541A”, “CB542A” and “CB543A” offered by G&Z TRADING LTD under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B015NESPFO, B015NESQ5S, B015NESS92, B015NESR8Y, B015NERHYO, B015NENTGO, B015NENUUE and B015NENU72. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the above OEM HP toner-cartridge models “CC530A”, “CC531A”, “CC532A”, “CC533A”, “CB540A”, “CB541A”, “CB542A”, “CB543A” and provide inter alia a non-OEM housing and a non-OEM force receiving device according to claim 1 of EP ‘289. They also comprise 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 “CE505X” offered by Punto Rigenera S.R.L. under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B00OST3WWM. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP cartridge model CE505X and provide inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.

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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