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OEM applications and patents to affect industry?

OEM applications and patents to affect industry?

November 9, 2016

An image from Ricoh's granted patent, EP 2 889 695 B1

An image from Ricoh’s granted patent, EP 2 889 695 B1

European patent applications from Lexmark and Canon, and a patent granted to Ricoh, could have implications for remanufacturers and compatible manufacturers.

The Lexmark application– EP 3 071 414 A1 – refers to the “positional control features of a replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device”, and could be seen to be significant for both remanufacturers and compatible manufacturers because the patent is for the “positional control features” of the unit, with reference to the shape, outer construction, elements and relations with the machine that it would be used in.

The first of two significant Canon applications meanwhile – EP 3 062 161 A1 – refers to a developer unit. This unit includes a “developing chamber” with a “member bearing developer”, and goes into detail about the movement, construction and more concerning the unit. The second – EP 3 062 163 A1 – is related to the previous, again covering a developer container, but this time discussing portions, sheet members and “elastic deformation” of the sheet members.

Both documents together could be significant for remanufacturers, as upon replacement of the detecting portions, the patent could be infringed. Finally, a patent granted to Ricoh – EP 2 889 695 B1 – covers a “toner container” and its attachment to a printer, as well as the portions that interact in this case. It also discusses the directions in which the cartridge turns, and the gears its uses to turn, which could all be significant to those producing either compatible cartridges or alternative gears for remanufacturing the cartridge.

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags : Europe IP Patents

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