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Canon starts IP cases in Brazil

May 12, 2016

rio-de-janeiro-809756_960_720The OEM has filed two patent infringement complaints in Brazil, against “local companies”.

In an announcement on its website, the OEM stated that the two cases were begun against an unspecified number of “local companies” in the Brazilian market for infringement of two of its Brazilian patents – PI 0720506-6 and PI 0807733-9. These two documents relate, respectively, to an “electrophotographic drum unit, processing cartridge and device for producing electrophotographic images” and to a “developing device and device for producing electrophotographic images for forming an image on a recording medium”.

Canon added that the infringement concerns the “offering and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers”, and that it is “seeking injunctive relief and damages”. Additionally, the District Court Judge in Rio de Janeiro granted a “preliminary ex parte injunction”, which ordered the defendants “to abstain from producing, using, placing for sale, selling or importing, directly or indirectly the toner cartridges [that are the] object of the court actions or any identical or similar toner cartridges on the penalty of a fine in the event of default”.

The OEM continued by noting that the decisions “could be challenged by appeals, and final decisions by the court are still pending”, adding its usual statement in IP cases, which reads: “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.”




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