Canon Wins Lawsuit Against Counterfeiters on ebay
On January 10th, Canon U.S.A. and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, announced that the companies have won a lawsuit involving the unauthorized and infringing use of Canon trademarks and the illegal sale of counterfeit “Canon” merchandise – camera batteries – against two defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Judge C. Darnell Jones II entered a Final Consent Judgment on December 12, 2019 prohibiting the defendants from infringing on and counterfeiting the Canon trademarks. As part of the resolution, the defendants also paid a “significant” amount of money to Canon for their unlawful activities.
The legal action against Joey Fang and Kyung “Kay” Kwak resulted from Canon’s investigation into the defendants’ distribution of counterfeit Canon camera batteries on eBay, and is part of Canon’s ongoing efforts to protect Canon consumers’ health and safety from counterfeit products.
The complaint, which Canon filed on October 16, 2019, alleged that defendants’ unfair competition and misuse of the Canon trademarks to mislead the public as to the source and authenticity of the Canon trademarks could put Canon consumers’ safety at risk and damage Canon’s business and reputation.
Canon says it “aggressively pursues counterfeiters in the United States and around the world to protect its customers from spurious and potentially unsafe products which unlawfully use the Canon name, as well as to protect the value, trusted reputation and loyalty that the Canon brand has acquired over decades in producing high-quality, safe and reliable products.”
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