*NEWS*CANON WINS INK PATENT BATTLE IN EU

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*NEWS*CANON WINS INK PATENT BATTLE IN EU

 user 2007-11-19 at 11:50:00 am Views: 63
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    Germany:Canon wins inkjet patent battle
    Canon
    has won a legal dispute against inkjet cartridge supplier Pelikan
    Hardcopy, which had challenged the validity of a Canon patent in
    Germany.Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland Gmbh had disputed the validity of
    Canon’s patent No: 0 635 373 – challenging an earlier legal ruling that
    the European patent, held by Canon, is valid in Germany.

    However,
    Germany’s Federal Court of Justice rejected Pelikan’s appeal.In a
    statement following the decision Canon said: ‘Canon will continue to
    take a firm stand against activities that infringe upon the patent and
    will pursue all legal means available to actively protect the company’s
    intellectual property.’

    Pelikan Hardcopy was yet to issue a comment at the time of writing.
    However,
    in a statement issued last year on the inkjet cartridges affected, the
    firm said: ‘The Pelikan Hardcopy Group withdrew these products from the
    market three years ago and has neither sold nor distributed them
    since.’It is basic company policy not to market products before checks
    have been run to ensure they comply with mandatory requirements for
    patents. In the event that a product runs the risk of infringing patent
    protection, it is amended or changed. Hence, Pelikan Hardcopy continues
    to ensure that the products it sells and distributes do not infringe
    patent protection.’