Amazon Removes a Host of Toner Cartridges at Canon’s Request

Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, today announced that it had filed several infringement reports with Amazon seeking removal of a host of unauthorized third-party toner cartridges from the Amazon ecommerce website. Canon alleges that these third-party toner cartridges – generally designed for use with HP, and sometimes Canon laser printers – infringe on its patents.

BAISINE

Canon requested that Amazon remove  certain toner cartridges sold by BAISINE that are designed for use with HP laser printers.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that certain model CF258A toner cartridges sold by BAISINE via Amazon.com infringed on Canon’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,280,278; 8,630,564; 8,682,215; and 8,688,008.

Canon requested that Amazon remove BAISINE’s listings for those products, namely, BAISINE’s listings with Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (“ASINs”) B07XDSRXCQ and B07YCC6GDF.

At the time of this announcement, these BAISINE listings were no longer available on Amazon.com.

Toy and Gift Shop

Canon announced it had 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 CE410X, CE411A, CE412A, CE413A, CB540A and CF210X offered by Toy and Gift Shop under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers) B00HW0JG60, B00A6U6OXQ, B00A6U6P6M, B00A6U6PIA, B002FKLINQ and B00HW0JQL0.

Afterwards, Amazon took down the  products. These products are compatible with the above HP toner cartridge models CE410X, CE411A, CE412A, CE413A, CB540A CF210X 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.

Reset Chips

Canon announced it had filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.it based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the German, Spanish and Italian portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding certain models of toner cartridges offered by reset-chips under the following ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers).

Country Cartridge model ASIN
Germany CB541A B00IK0IWM0
Spain CB541A B00IK0IWM0
Italy CB541A B00IK0IWM0

Afterwards, Amazon took down the products. These products are compatible with the HP toner-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.

Quicktoner

Canon announced it had filed an infringement report with Amazon.com seeking removal of Amazon.com listings for certain toner cartridges sold by Quicktoner for use in HP laser printers.

Canon’s infringement report alleged that certain model HP 130A toner cartridges sold by Quicktoner via Amazon.com infringed on Canon’s U.S. Patent No. 8,688,008. Canon requested that Amazon remove Quicktoner’s listings for those products, namely, Quicktoner’s listings with Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (“ASINs”)
B019GSKXEY, B07Y9Y4SQS, B07Y9YH678, B07Y9YBB6D, B07Y9XYQ5K, B019FGJ9QA, B07Y9Y3YDL, B019FGJ5E6, B07Y9Y9H6P, B019FGJ5UA, B07Y9Y6YWD, B019FGJHVM, B07Y9XJC2B, B07Y9ZJQGK, B07Y9YDQVG, B019FGJECY, B07Y9XCGH1, B019FGIW04, B019FGJC9O, B07Y9XXX1P, B019FGJ0O6, B07Y9Y1SHC, B07Y9XSQ6W, B019FGJ6U4, B019FGJ47Y, B019GTA4HY, B019FGJAH8, B019FGJCXA, B019GT9XSU, B019FGIWEU, B019FGJG4U, B019FGIYF2, B07YB2LHPS, B019FGJ1PE, B07Y9Y9W9F, B07Y9YBTSH, B019FGJBCC, B07Y9XFCTG, B019FGIZQU, B019FGJ2IU, B019FGIY34, B019FGJ8KM, B019GT9SXU, B019FGJ7YY, B019GTA0GO and B07Y9XV267.

At the time of this announcement, the Quicktoner’s listings were no longer available on Amazon.com.

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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