Canon Lawsuit Targets Numerous Imaging Industry Organizations.
Lawsuit Does Not Include Katun Corporation.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Canon Inc. filed 36 patent lawsuits in the U.S. against a range of manufacturers, distributors, resellers and dealers. The primary targets of the actions are new-build toner cartridges for use in HP printers that utilize dongle gear technology.
Canon’s lawsuits assert that the accused products infringe on 9 of its newly issued patents. Canon has also filed a concurrent action with the U.S. International Trade Commission against 49 defendants, in which it will seek an exclusion order prohibiting the accused new-build products from being imported and subsequently sold in the United States.
Katun and GPI are not named in the lawsuit. Katun’s portfolio of high-quality remanufactured toners for use in HP applications is not affected by this action; Katun products for use in HP applications are immediately available to meet the needs of our customers.
Katun adheres to a philosophy of respecting all OEM intellectual property rights while offering dealers and distributors IP-compliant, high-quality products for use in OEM imaging equipment. The company will continue to make significant investments in support of the company’s robust processes for ensuring IP compliance, protecting Katun and its customers from OEM litigation.