TOKYO, August 6, 2014Canon today announced that the Korean Supreme Court has rendered favorable decisions on July 24, 2014, in patent lawsuits against Korean photosensitive drum makers.
The Korean Supreme Court has rendered the decisions, affirming the Seoul High Court's ruling of infringement in the patent infringement lawsuit against AlphaChem, a Korean photosensitive drum maker, and the Korean Patent Court's ruling that the claims of Canon's Korean Patent No. 258,609 pertaining to photosensitive drums are valid. The Korean Supreme Court also affirmed the Seoul High Court's decision that the ruling of the patent invalidation made by the Korean Trade Commission in the investigation against five Korean photosensitive drum makers should be revoked. The Korean Supreme Court's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The ruling of patent infringement against AlphaChem is final and AlphaChem can no longer make or sell the infringing photosensitive drums.
Throughout the development, sales, and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property of other companies and individuals and expects these entities to similarly respect Canon's intellectual property rights. Canon remains committed to pursuing legal enforcement against those who do not respect Canon's intellectual property.