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ML Products’ Lawsuit Vs. China’s Aster Graphics has Been Going On for Years Now….
ML Products and Aster Graphics are two companies that make toner cartridges for printers from other brands, such as HP or Canon. ML Products accuses Aster Graphics of copying its cartridges’ design and packaging and selling them as its own. ML Products sued Aster Graphics and some related companies in a California federal court. ML Products wants the court to ban Aster Graphics from selling the copied cartridges, and to compensate it for the damage it caused. Aster Graphics denies that it copied ML Products’ design and packaging and claims that it has the right to sell its own cartridges.
Timeline of events.
November 12, 2021: ML Products filed another complaint against Aster Graphics and other defendants in the same court, making similar claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, patent infringement, and false advertising.
December 23, 2021: ML Products delivered the summons and complaint to Aster Graphics and other defendants.
October 12, 2023: ML Products filed a complaint against Aster Graphics and other defendants in the US District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that they violated ML Products’ trademarks and trade dress by selling fake cartridges that look like ML Products’ packaging and design.
September 27, 2023: The court partially agreed with Aster Graphics’ request to dismiss the lawsuit, finding that ML Products did not provide enough facts to back up its claims of trade dress infringement, false advertising, and patent infringement. The court dismissed those claims with a chance to amend and let the trademark infringement and unfair competition claims go on.
December 8, 2023: Aster Graphics filed a response to the complaint, denying the accusations and raising several defenses, such as lack of standing, failure to state a claim, and fair use.
Aster Graphics also says that ML Products’ lawsuit is invalid, and that it did not break any laws or rules. ML Products also sued Aster Graphics for another reason: it says that Aster Graphics infringed its patents, which are legal documents that protect its inventions. ML Products also says that Aster Graphics lied about the quality and performance of its cartridges in its ads. ML Products sent the lawsuit papers to Aster Graphics and the other companies and asked them to answer its claims.
Aster Graphics asked the court to throw out the lawsuit, or at least some parts of it. It said that ML Products did not give enough evidence or details to support its claims. The court agreed with Aster Graphics on some points and said that ML Products needed to rewrite its lawsuit and give more information. The court did not agree with Aster Graphics on other points and said that ML Products could continue with its lawsuit on those issues. Stay tuned for more on this lawsuit in the near future.
AuthorFebruary 2, 2024 at 9:17 PM
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