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Canon wins laser-printer patent claim

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Workers apply vinyl letters at the Canon booth the day before the start of the 2011 CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. (Jan. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Canon U.S.A. Inc. has succeeded in its patent infringement claim against more than a dozen companies that sold knockoff replacement parts and refills for Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser printers.

Canon, headquartered in Lake Success, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming that the competitors had infringed on its patents for toner cartridges and photosensitive drums.

A consent order is expected to go into effect the first week of May. 

In the consent agreement, the group of 20 companies "acknowledges the validity of the involved patent claims, and acknowledges that the respondents may not import into the U.S. or sell in the U.S. the accused toner cartridges and their photosensitive drums without a license or consent from Canon,” the company said, adding, “Canon has no present intention to grant a license."

Canon filed the complaint June 28, 2010, against these companies:

Ninestar Image International Ltd.
Ninestar Technology Co. Ltd.
Ninestar Management Co. Ltd.
Zhuhai Seine Technology Co. Ltd.
Seine Image International Co. Ltd.
Ninestar Image Co. Ltd.
Ziprint Image Corp.
Nano Pacific Corp.
Ninestar Tech. Co. Ltd.
Town Sky Inc.
ACM Technologies Inc.
LD Products Inc.
Printer Essentials.com Inc.
XSE Group Inc. d/b/a Image Star
Copy Technologies Inc.
Red Powers Inc. d/b/a LaptopTraveller.com
Direct Billing International Inc. d/b/a OfficeSupplyOutfitters.com
Compu-Imaging Inc.
EIS Office Solutions Inc.
123 Refills Inc.

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