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GPI & Color Imaging fight back

August 16, 2017

In June 2017 Canon was awarded $4.5 million (€3.8 million) after a federal jury found that General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. (“GPI”) and Color Imaging, Inc. (“CI”) had infringed Canon’s 7,647,012 (012) patent. At the heart of this case is Canons 012 patent that covers the toner bottle for use in Canon’s imageRUNNER copier/MFPs.

In a flurry of motions seen by The Recycler and filed on 14th August by counsel for GPI and CI, they are seeking renewed motions for “Judgement as a Matter of Law (JMOL)”, a new trial, and Remittitur in their ongoing patent case with Canon.

The 63-page Omnibus Memorandum filing argues that GPI’s toner bottle does not infringe and that Canon’s ‘012 Patent inventor admitted that Type B was not in his patent aside from a “concept” in the claims.

Canon has successfully sued for breaches of this patent in the past, but GPI and CI are vigorously defending their patent granted by the USPTO and used in their version of the toner bottle used in Canon’s imageRUNNER copier/MFPs.

According to a person familiar with the case, the imageRUNNER copier/MFPs are very popular devices, and the sale of toner consumables generates significant revenues for Canon.  If GPI and CI are successful with their latest motions, the market impact for Canon would be substantial. 

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