Canon Announces Toner Patent Infringement Complaint in Germany

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Canon Announces Toner Patent Infringement Complaint in Germany

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    Canon Announces Toner Patent Infringement Complaint in Germany

    TOKYO, July 28, 2014—Canon today announced the filing of a patent infringement complaint in Germany with the District Court of Düsseldorf against Mr. Thomas Zenkel, owner of the domain "," for infringement of the German portion of Canon's European patent 2 087 407 relating to a drum unit and a process cartridge by, inter alia, the offering and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Hewlett-Packard German laser beam printers. Canon is seeking injunctive relief and damages.

    Throughout the development, sales and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and individuals and expects others to do the same. Canon remains committed to taking legal action against anyone who does not respect Canon's intellectual property rights.

    This Article Was aTranslated From German To English.
    Canon sued for alleged patent infringement
    by Björn Griffin

    Canon has the dealer sued in the District Court of Dusseldorf. The company, which also Hewlett-Packard supplied with technology for laser printers, accused the resident of Middle Franconia dealer, with the recycling of toner cartridges to violate the European Patent EP2087407.

    How performs in a blog entry, the patent relates to toner cartridges, "in which the connection between the image drum unit is designed with the drive unit of the printer with a specific movable clutch play". They are currently five toner cartridges, including the models CE505A and CE505X, which are used in widely used HP printers.

    Back in May, Canon had expanded with complaints against the wta Carsten Weser GmbH and KMP his campaign for the patent on Germany. Which specializes in refill and recycling issues British portal The Recycler According to Canon, however, had begun as early as April in order to enforce the claims of the patent published in July 2013. At that time the company Aster, shortly afterwards, the company were sued Its in the Netherlands, in France running against lawsuits from Canon Aster and Zephyr.

    The blog of states: "The fact that we just were reprimanded as a champion of Remanufactured toners and toner opponents of clones from Canon, disappointed us very much." For the industry lawsuits are the printer manufacturer, at their business model in the course of time the focus has shifted to the consumables, not entirely unusual. Finally, the manufacturers are trying in this way again and again, turn off the unwelcome competition. And finally, there are actually companies – mainly from the Far East -, reverse the cartridge and bring as original equipment on the market.

    However, the current complaints about the usual guerrilla war go far. If Canon namely prevail with his complaints, which could have serious consequences for the entire toner recycling industry according to market participants: According to them, then the "real" recycling of toner cartridges would not be possible in the long run.

    Although the manufacturers themselves speak repeatedly of recycling – as Canon – but mean more or less the recycling of cartridges. Recycling by recycling and refilling by the manufacturer currently offers only Brother.