December 17, 2009Five defendants in a patent infringement suit that Canon filed agreed to settle today.
Canon initiated the patent infringement suit for preliminary and permanent injunctions before the Tokyo District Court against the five defendant companies named below, alleging that non-genuine ink cartridges for Canon-manufactured inkjet printers sold by the five companies infringed Canon's patent for LED-equipped inkjet cartridges.
Following the court's recommendation for settlement, the five companies, in accordance with the recommendation, have agreed to no longer import, sell, deliver or display for sales purposes the products in question. Accordingly, Canon has decided to settle with the companies.
Details of the lawsuit and settlement are outlined below.
|Brand||Product name (Ink type)|
NIC-7EPM (Photo Magenta)
NIC-7EPC (Photo Cyan)
INK-CPM7E (Photo Magenta)
INK-CPC7E (Photo Cyan)
Canon, in the development of its own inkjet printing technology, overcame a range of technical challenges and established a printer business based on this technology. Canon filed a patent infringement suit for preliminary and permanent injunctions because the company determined that the abovementioned actions infringed its intellectual property rights, interfering with the technological development of a corporation carrying out sound business operations and with the continuation of its business.
Canon views the intellectual property rights it has accumulated over many years of investment in research and development as vitally important assets. To realize healthy business growth, Canon, as one of its fundamental tenets, holds the intellectual property rights of other companies in the highest esteem and expects reciprocity from other companies.
To ensure proper printer performance so that users can continue using their products with confidence, Canon recommends the use of genuine Canon consumable products.