Canon Announces Multiple Clone Toner-Take-Downs from Amazon

Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, recently announced that it had obtained a slew of clone toner take-downs from the Amazon ecommerce website:

On October 3rd, Canon announced that it filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.es based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the UK and Spanish portions of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding certain models of toner cartridges offered by Zhong shan shi cai pin dian zi you xian gong si under the following ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers).

Country Cartridge model ASIN
UK CC530A
CC531A
CC532A
CC533A
B07GS3XYZM
B07GS6CZVS
B07GS31XZ9
B07GS7C8VD
B07GS5LNTM
Spain CC530A
CC531A
CC532A
CC533A
B07GS3XYZM
B07GS6CZVS
B07GS31XZ9
B07GS5LNTM

Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the OEM HP toner0cartridge 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.

Also on October 3rd, Canon announced that it had filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.es based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the UK and Spanish portions of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding certain models of toner cartridges offered by Zhong shan shi cai pin dian zi you xian gong si under the following ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers).

Country Cartridge model ASIN
UK CC530A
CC531A
CC532A
CC533A
B07GS3XYZM
B07GS6CZVS
B07GS31XZ9
B07GS7C8VD
B07GS5LNTM
Spain CC530A
CC531A
CC532A
CC533A
B07GS3XYZM
B07GS6CZVS
B07GS31XZ9
B07GS5LNTM

Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the 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.

On October 2nd, Canon announced it had filed 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 cartridge models CC530A, CC531A, CC532A and CC533A offered by Maria Carmen García Fornet under the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) B07SZM3YBK. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products. These products are compatible with the 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.

In all three cases, 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 vendors about the take-downs and the vendors may object to it.

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