*NEWS*CANON SUES CO.THAT REMANS 4 STAPLES

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*NEWS*CANON SUES CO.THAT REMANS 4 STAPLES

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    Canon Names GCC Group and TallyGenicom in IP Suit
    May 06, Canon filed suit against various units of the GCC Group and TallyGenicom, one of the Hong Kong-based cartridge maker’s North American distributors. Canon alleges that the defendants market products that use infringing technology to rotate OPC drums in toner cartridges to ensure that the drum is synchronized with a printer or fax machine. GCC Group manufactures and markets 100 percent new toner cartridges for print engines from Canon and other printer OEMs, and it is widely believed that the firm is a major supplier of Staples-branded toner cartridges.Canon has been relatively quiet about the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The firm did not issue a press release on the matter, and there is no mention of the lawsuit on either Canon’s corporate Web site or its Canon U.S.A. site. According to court records, it appears the complaints were filed and served to the defendants without a cease-and-desist notice. Richard Butler, a Canon spokesperson, confirmed that his company is seeking relief from the U.S. courts to resolve its complaint against the GCC Group and TallyGenicom. “Canon Inc. filed this patent-infringement lawsuit in the United States on May 1, seeking an injunction against the manufacture and sale of the infringing cartridges and unspecified damages,” he said.Chris Mercer, CEO of Green Cartridge Company Limited, the parent company of the GCC Group, expressed confidence that his firm has not infringed Canon’s patent. In a prepared statement, he claimed, “We have utmost respect for other parties’ intellectual property, and we go to great lengths and great expense to ensure that we do not infringe any valid intellectual property unless we are properly licensed.