Canon Obtains Amazon Take-Downs, Settles with Matthias

Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, today announced several actions to remove non-authorized toner cartridges from the marketplace, alleging that the cartridges infringe on its patents. The toner cartridges are designed for use with Canon and HP laser printers, the latter of which HP sources from Canon.

Amazon Take-Downs

Canon announced it had filed an infringement report with Amazon.ca seeking removal of an Amazon.ca listing for certain toner cartridges sold by UniVirgin.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that certain model CC530A, CC531A, CC532A and CC533A toner cartridges sold by UniVirgin via Amazon.ca infringed on Canon’s Canadian Patent no. 2,635,791.

Canon requested the removal of the corresponding listings for these products, having Amazon Standard Identification Numbers B01N74PRRU, B01N52LVJF, B01MXLGPDQ, B01MTNPL7Y, B01N52M0E8, B01N1FI9SO, B01N0E12PZ, B01MYMZ5W6 and B01N2H16GB.

Canon also announced it had filed an infringement report with Amazon.ca seeking removal of an Amazon.ca listing for certain toner cartridges sold by TONER4U.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that certain model CB540A, CB541A, CB542A, CB543A, CE320A, CE321A, CE322A, CE323A, CF210X, CF211A, CF212A and CF213A toner cartridges sold by TONER4U 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 B00IRNOKRQ, B00ITVB0GK, B00HGJRD3A, B00I61QC52, B01L7O2OZQ, B00XDADWNQ, B00S4EKNQ0, B075VZWLCJ, B00HLW1N74, B00K9RFZ9U, B00IOWC57M, B00IOXTYMU, B00IOYDJWU and B00IPL2KZY.

At the time of these announcements, products sold under the above identified listings were no longer available on Amazon.ca. Canon noted that filing an infringement report with Amazon.ca is a service offered by Amazon and does not constitute an official finding of infringement. The decision to take down a product is in the discretion of Amazon and is based on information provided by Canon.

Matthias Settlement

Canon announced that it and Matthias Böhne, doing business as “B + S EDV-Zubehör” and “pripa,” agreed to resolve their pending patent dispute by signing a settlement agreement.

Matthias Böhne inter alia accepted a preliminary injunction (docket no. 4a O 11/19) of the District Court Düsseldorf in Germany based on the infringement of the German portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 2 087 407 B1 as final and binding between the parties.

Matthias Böhne has agreed to refrain from making, offering, putting into circulation and/or importing and/or possessing laser toner cartridges comprising a drum unit with a certain coupling member for use in various models of HP and/or Canon laser  printers in all countries where EP 2 087 407 B1 is valid and in force and to pay damages for past infringements to Canon. Further details of the settlement agreement are confidential.

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