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Canon begins second Russian IP case

November 12, 2014

The OEM has filed a suit against OOO “Softtrade” concerning the same patent as an earlier case in Russia.Russia

Canon’s statement announced that it had filed a “suit for enforcement” of its Russian Federation patent 2467370, which relates to toner cartridges, and the suit was filed at the Moscow City Economic Court against the distributor OOO “Softtrade”.

The OEM added that it believes that “certain models of cartridges sold on the Russian market” under the trademark “Hi-Black”, by OOO “Softtrade”, infringe the patent in question, and as such the purpose of Canon’s claim is “to stop infringement and to collect damages for patent infringement in accordance with Russian law”.

Canon stated: 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.”

The OEM previously filed a suit for enforcement of its patent rights against Russian distributor X-Com Shop Ltd, with the OEM seeking enforcement of the same patent.

It also began other IP cases against companies across Europe throughout 2014: including Seine and Aster in the Netherlands; KMP and wta as well as in Germany; European Cartridge Warehouse Limited and Printer Supplies Technology Limited in the UK; and Zephyr SAS and Aster in France.

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