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Canon confirms settlements with Aster

January 7, 2015

dialoose_1359206747_CanonThe OEM has reported the “successful resolution” of its cases in the US, the Netherlands and France against Aster.

The settlements are in the cases at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the District Court of The Hague and the Paris First Instance Court, with Aster’s subsidiaries in each case named by the OEM respectively as: Aster Graphics, Inc., Jiangxi Yibo E-Tech Co., Ltd. and Aster Graphics Company Ltd. (China); Aster Technology Holland B.V.; and Aster Graphics Company Ltd. (Hong Kong).

The cases concerned “certain toner cartridges and photosensitive drum units sold for use in Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers”, with the OEM noting in its statement that Aster has “stipulated to a Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction” from the court in New York concerning US patents 8,280,278, 8,433,219, 8,437,669, 8,494,411, 8,630,564, 8,676,090, 8,682,215 and 8,688,008, as well as “cease and desist agreements” concerning European patent EP 2 087 407, which will “be officialised” by the Dutch and French courts.

The settlements prohibit Aster from “making, using, selling and offering for sale in the respective countries, and from importing into such countries, the toner cartridges and photosensitive drum units that Canon accused of infringement”, and Canon noted that “throughout the development, sales and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property of other companies and individuals and expects others to similarly respect Canon’s intellectual property rights. Canon remains committed to pursuing legal enforcement against those who do not respect Canon’s intellectual property”.

The OEM’s statement follows Aster’s previous announcement of the settlements at the end of last year, with the aftermarket company commenting that the agreements “are to the best benefit for the company and its customers […]Aster and its customers don’t have to bear any legal liability for the sold products in the past […] the signing of the agreements does not constitute an admission of liability or infringement by Aster”.

Aster added: “Aster always respects other parties’ intellectual properties and has been investing heavily into its own innovation and technology. Aster has been awarded plenty of patents worldwide, and will continue supplying its customers with its IP-compliant products to benefit and protect its customers”.

The Dutch case was begun in April, while the USITC case was reported earlier in 2014, and the French case was announced in May.

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