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Canon files new lawsuit in Russia

September 26, 2019

Only yesterday Canon announced the successful conclusion of its patent infringement dispute in Russia against the defendants LLC VTT and LLC Pallady, which was followed up today with the announcement that it has filed a new toner cartridge-related patent infringement lawsuit in the country.

Canon announced it has filed a lawsuit for enforcement of its Russian Federation patents No 2657119 and 2568045, which relate to toner cartridges. The lawsuit has been filed with the Moscow City Economic Court against the defendants TOPPRINT LLC, a wholesaler, and NV GROUP LLC., indicated as a producer of the disputed cartridges, accordingly.

Canon believes that certain models of cartridges introduced into civil circulation to the Russian market under trademark “NVPRINT” by said entities infringe the Patents.

Canon stated: “The purpose of the lawsuit is to stop infringement and to seek compensation for patent infringement in accordance with the Russian law.”

Canon’s previous patent infringement lawsuit with the Moscow Arbitration Court against the defendants LLC VTT and LLC Pallady asserted that defendants’ sales of certain toner cartridges infringe Canon’s Russian Federation patent No 2467370. The Moscow Arbitration Court issued a decision in favour of Canon which, among others, permanently enjoins the defendants from selling the products found to infringe and awarded Canon a total of 4 million rubles ($62,161/ €56,591) in compensation.

The defendants LLC VTT and LLC Pallady filed appeals against the decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court to the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal. The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal decided to uphold the decision on 17 April 2019 and issued its final ruling in full on 6 May 2019. The defendants decided not to appeal to the Court on Intellectual Property Rights and have properly executed the decision.

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