Canon Obtains More Toner Take-Downs from Amazon

On September 18th, Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, announced that it had filed infringement reports with Amazon seeking removal of three clone toner cartridges.

Gotoners

Canon filed an infringement report with Amazon.ca seeking removal of an Amazon.ca (Canada) listing for certain toner cartridges sold by Gotoners.

Canon alleged that the  CC530A, CC531A, CC532A and CC533A toner cartridges sold by Gotoners via Amazon.ca infringed on Canon’s Canadian Patent no. 2,635,791. Canon requested the removal of the corresponding listing for these products, namely Amazon Standard Identification Number B07N825YWG.

At the time of this announcement, products sold under the above identified listing were no longer available on Amazon.ca.

TUCAN INKS

Canon filed an infringement report with Amazon.ca (Canada) seeking removal of an Amazon.ca listing for certain toner cartridges sold by TUCAN INKS.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that the CB540A, CB541A, CB542A and CB543A toner cartridges sold by TUCAN INKS via Amazon.ca infringed Canon’s Canadian Patent no. 2,635,791. Canon requested the removal of the corresponding listings for these products, namely Amazon Standard Identification Numbers B07HGLGM4X, B07HGJZMZF, B07HGL1X8R, B07HGKHQ2H and B07HGK6L5V.

At the time of this announcement, products sold under the above identified listings were no longer available on Amazon.ca.

Ciberorg

Canon filed an infringement forms with Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the U.K. portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding the cartridge models “CC530A”, “CC531A”, “CC532A” and “CC533A” offered by Ciberorg Ltd under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers) B005J4ODAU, B005J4OEAY, B005J4OE54 ,B005J4OE18, B005J4ODW8, B005J4ODRS, B005J4ODN2, B005J4ODK0, B005J4ODF0, B005J4OD3C, B005J4OCYW, B005J4OCRE, B005J4OCM4, B005J4OCII, B005J4OCF6, B005J4OC6K, B005J4ODHI, B005J4ODCS, B005J4OD9Q, B005J4OD4G, B005J4OD0K, B005J4OCUQ, B005J4OCQ0, B005J4OCLK, B005J4OC4W, B005J4OBYS, B005J4OBTI, B005J4OBQ6, B005J4OBKW, B005J4OBJ8, B005J4OBFW, B005J4OB4I, B00OA3FU58, B00OA3F8SM, B00OA3FMB0, B00OA3G1EC, B00OA3FYWC, B00OA3FWBK, B00OA3FTHW, B00OA3FPA8, B00OA3FGMK, B00OA3FJVS, B00OA3ETE6, B00OA3EQBW, B00OA3ENEM, B00OA3EKAO, B00OA3EGY4, B00OA3EDN8, B00OA3EA36, B00OA3E6YY, B01BSOUTMU, B01BSOUOLG, B01BSOUSCG, B01BSOUR4K, B01BSOUQ2S, B01BSOUP0Q, B01BSOUNRQ, B01BSOUMK4, B01BSOUJ8O, B01BSOUI12, B01BSOUH04 and B01BSOUFVK.

Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the aforementioned OEM HP 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 noted that in all three cases, 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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