Canon awarded $4.5m in toner patent case – willful infringement

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Camera producer Canon has been awarded $4.5 million after a federal jury found that a plastic manufacturer and a toner company wilfully infringed Canon’s patent.

The verdict was handed down on Monday, June 19, at the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.

The two parties found to have infringed Canon’s patent were General Plastic, which was ordered to pay $3.7 million, and Color Imaging, which was told to pay under $1 million ($730,000).

In 2011, Canon sued the parties for infringing its patent, number 7,647,012, covering its product Canon ImageRUNNER.

Canon said in its complaint: “Defendants market their toner bottle products as purported alternatives to genuine toner bottle products manufactured by Canon and sold under the Canon brand name.”

It added: “Defendants’ acts complained of herein are damaging and will continue to cause irreparable injury and damage to Canon for which there is no adequate remedy at law.”

The jury unanimously found that Canon had successfully proven that the parties infringed the ‘012 patent.

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