Canon Gets New Amazon Take-Downs

On January 14th, Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, announced that Amazon had removed a number of unauthorized third-party toner cartridges from its ecommerce website. As we have noted previously, in general, the Amazon removal process is much less expensive than patent-infringement litigation, and over the last 12 months, Amazon has removed hundreds of such toner cartridges at Canon’s request.

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Canon announced that it had filed Report Infringement Forms with Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it and Amazon.es based on the alleged use of claims 1 and 2 of the UK, Italian and Spanish portions of Canon’s European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”) regarding certain models of toner cartridges offered by Dama Service Industry srl under the following ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers).

Country Cartridge model ASIN
UK CC530A B07NYYZCHX
Italy CC530A B07NYYZCHX
Spain CC530A B07NYYZCHX

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

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

Country Cartridge model ASIN
Germany CB540A
CB541A
CB542A
CB543A
B07V38MX3J
UK CB540A B07V38MX3J
Italy CB540A
CB541A
CB542A
CB543A
B07V38MX3J
B07V48STHH
B07V46Z5RW
B07V48TMKD
Spain CB540A
CB541A
CB542A
CB543A
B07V38MX3J

Afterwards, Amazon took down these products. These products are compatible withHP 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.

N&J Inkjet

Canon announced it had filed a Report Infringement Form with Amazon UK based on the alleged use of claim 1 of the UK portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 2 087 407 regarding the drum unit model “CE505A” offered by N&J Inkjet Ltd under the ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Numbers) B00MWV9S3K, B00MWV8UYI, and B00MWV7ZZ8. Afterwards, Amazon took down the respective products.

These products are compatible with the drum unit of the HP toner-cartridge model CE505A and provides inter alia a non-OEM coupling member and a non-OEM drum.

Canon noted that filing Report Infringement Forms with Amazon is a service offered by Amazon and doesn’t 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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