*NEWS*COURTS BANS SALE OF REMAN INK CTGS

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*NEWS*COURTS BANS SALE OF REMAN INK CTGS

 user 2006-02-01 at 11:22:00 am Views: 47
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    Court bans importer from selling recycled ink cartridges
    TOKYO, FEB 06
    The
    Intellectual Property High Court banned an importer from selling
    recycled ink cartridges for ink-jet printers on Tuesday in line with a
    demand by Canon Inc., the patent holder of the type of cartridges.
    The
    court ruled the patent holder is eligible to demand that the sale of
    the recycled product imported from China by Tokyo-based distributor
    Recycle Assist Co. is barred, saying that the product contained a key
    part of the patented invention that had been altered.
    The court also ordered the importer, in line with Canon’s demand, to dismantle its inventory.
    The high court ruling comes as a reversal to a December 2004 Tokyo District Court ruling that rejected Canon’s demand.
    The
    district court had said the recycling process merely involved repairs
    of old cartridges and did not include production of its parts, which
    would infringe on the patent right.
    A Canon official welcomed the court decision as an appropriate ruling that had acknowledged the company’s arguments.
    Canon
    says the product, in which non-Canon made ink is refilled into emptied
    and cleaned Canon-made cartridges, violates its patent right.
    Makers
    sell different types of ink-jet printers. Canon’s cartridge employs the
    so-called bubble-jet method to spray ink onto paper. Canon has patents
    for the ink cartridge itself as well as for its production method. The
    inside of Canon’s cartridge is designed in a particular way to prevent
    ink from leaking during distribution.