Canon Gets Amazon Italy Toner Take-Downs; Preliminary Injunction

On June 4th, Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, reported on a number of its actions in Italy regarding third-party toner cartridges designed for use with HP laser printers:

  • Canon Inc. today announced the filing of 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”, “CF280A”, “CE505X”, “CF280X”offered by GIOVANNI SHOP DI SIMON VIKTORIA under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B06XXNL8DN, B06XXM9G9Q and B06XX5V3SY. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP cartridge model CE505A, CF280A, CE505X, CF280X and provide inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.

Canon Inc. today announced the filing of 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 “CF280A”, “CE255A”offered by VENUE DESIGN & CONSULTING SRL-D under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B07F86829W and B07DY8VH6V. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP cartridge model CF280A,CE255A and provide inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.

TOKYO, June 4, 2019—Canon Inc. today announced the filing of 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 “CF280X” offered by Game electronic virz di bruno campassi under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B00BV9TV2M. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP cartridge model CF280X and provide inter alia a non-OEM coupling member, a non-OEM drum as well as a non-OEM housing.

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 vendor about the takedown and the vendor may object to it.

Preliminary Injunction

Canon also reported on June 4th that the Court of Milan in Italy granted it a precautionary order, including preliminary injunction, seizure and penalty, against Idem Rebuilding di Carbonara Giuseppe, trading as “Universocartuccia.”

The order is based on the infringement of the Italian portion of Canon’s European patent EP 2 087 407 relating to a drum unit and a process cartridge. Among others, the order, which is not final and can be appealed, enjoins Idem Rebuilding di Carbonara Giuseppe from offering and distributing—including via such websites as www.amazon.it—its toner cartridges comprising a drum unit with a certain coupling member, named “HP CF280A” and “HP CE505A.” These infringing cartridges can replace HP toner  cartridge HP CE505A and HP CF280X, which are compatible with HP laser printers, as well as the OEM cartridge model Canon 719.

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