Original equipment manufacturers will go to any lengths to protect their patents, even if it means doing the same repetitive action.
Just today, Canon filed an infringement report with Amazon.com, requesting the removal of certain toner cartridge listings offered by Office Valley for use in HP laser beam printers.
The original equipment manufacturer alleged that the cartridge model HP 126A sold by Office Valley on the Amazon marketplace infringed Canon’s U.S. Patent No. 8,688,008.
Therefore, it requested Amazon to remove the company’s listings for products with ASINs B00PHL357M, B00PHL32VQ, B00PHL2TAQ, B00AW0FIZU, B00PHL37HU, B00PHL39IM, B00PHL308Q, B00PHL2YCE and B00PHL2VS6.
The said listings were immediately taken down by Amazon.
Canon protecting their Intellectual Property
Canon’s claim is just one in a series of complaints that it has filed regarding patent infringement. Last week it lodged a complaint on Amazon Italy against Game Electronic Virz Di Bruno Campassi for the use of claim 1 and 25 of the Italian portion of Canon’s European Patent EP 2087 407 on the cartridge model CF280X sold by the Italian company. Amazon immediately took down the products in question.
Three months earlier, Canon filed an infringement report with Amazon Spain against Herreros y Socios SL, claiming the latter’s cartridge model CB540A has infringed its European Patent EP 1 977 289 (“EP ‘289”).
After Amazon.es took down said product, Canon submitted another report with regard to the cartridge models CB541A and CB542A offered by Hamle UG (haftungsbeschränkt).
Products compatible with these cartridges were also removed.
Since it respects the intellectual property of other companies and individuals, Canon says it’s only fair to expect others to respect its intellectual property rights as well.
Amazon encourages owners of an IPR to report inappropriate listings through its Report Infringement Form. What do you think of Canon’s tenacity and Amazon’s course of action to curtail infringement? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or join our Facebook Group.