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KMP and wta respond to Canon suit

May 23, 2014

The District Court of Dusseldorf

The District Court of Dusseldorf

KMP and wta have responded to being named in Canon’s IP case, with wta stating that it “looks forward” to resolving the case, and KMP noting that it “is interested in the prompt and straightforward clarification of this legal issue”.

KMP and wta were named on Friday morning by the OEM in a patent infringement case relating to a drum unit and process cartridge, with the case filed last week in the District Court of Dusseldorf.

wta told The Recycler: “On May 23 2014, we saw in the trade press that Canon is alleging that wta Carsten Weser GmbH and other aftermarket providers are allegedly infringing certain patents related to the OPC drum gears of selected model toner cartridges. We have not yet received the complaint from Canon, but we will immediately open a dialogue with Canon to fully understand the nature of their complaint. wta Carsten Weser GmbH fully respects the intellectual property of others and looks forward to working with Canon to resolve this.

“wta Carsten Weser GmbH has been committed to German innovation and remanufacturing for 15 years, and we fully intend to address this issue quickly and diligently, and will endeavour to avoid disruptions for our customers. Our customers can expect the same level of quality, commitment and support to our mutual success as we work through this. Please support us with your continued business and partnership.”

KMP meanwhile stated that it “did not yet receive the lawsuit from the OEM”, and “takes exactly the same view” towards IP rights as Canon, making sure to check the “legal situation of all of [its] products and claims the same from [its] suppliers”.

The company reflected on what it feels the IP case concerns, stating that the “drum gear’s connection point with the coupling member, being engaged with the driving shaft of the printer, seems to be concerned”, adding that it does not produce these parts but “counts mainly” on a supplier for this.

Commenting that it is “interested in the prompt and straightforward clarification of this legal issue”, KMP’s CEO Jan-Michael Sieg also stated that “it is part and parcel of the philosophy and the brand core of KMP to offer our customers, besides outstanding quality of our products, a maximum amount of legal security trading in KMP’s products”.

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