December 19, 2014
The case, which was announced earlier this week, saw the OEM file a patent infringement complaint in Germany with the District Court of Düsseldorf against Armor SA, Artech GmbH and Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbh & Co. KG – alongside other Pelikan companies – for “infringement of the German portion of Canon’s European patent” number EP 2 087 407.
The OEM has undertaken other IP cases against companies across Europe throughout 2014 relating to the same gear patent: including Seine and Aster in the Netherlands; KMP and wta as well as tintenalarm.de in Germany; European Cartridge Warehouse Limited and Printer Supplies Technology Limited in the UK; Zephyr SAS and Aster in France; and X-Com Shop Ltd. and OOO “Softrade” in Russia. It also began district court and USITC cases in the USA in February and May.
European trade association ETIRA responded to the case by noting that it “regrets” that the action has taken place, and Armor has now commented on the action by Canon, with the company releasing a statement.
The statement reads: “Armor has been informed of the filing of a patent infringement proceeding in Germany by Canon against ‘ARMOR SA’, ‘ARTECH GmbH’, and other companies as mentioned in Canon’s press release dated 15 December for an alleged infringement of the German portion of Canon’s European patent 2 087 407 through the offering and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Hewlett?Packard laser beam printers.
“We are at present studying the grounds of this complaint and will defend our position accordingly. In the meantime we would like to state that the current remanufacturing process of Armor uses the OEM’s ‘dongle gear’ couplings only and respects the intellectual and industrial property rights of third parties.
“In practical terms, Armor certifies that today any remanufactured laser cartridge produced in its production facilities are respectful of Canon patents, and that there are no related risks to purchase the said products.”
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