Engineer Sues Canon Over Laser Printer Patents

Law360, New York (October 22, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A former employee of Japanese office equipment maker Canon Inc. filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Monday, seeking 1 billion yen for his invention of a printer technology, Kyodo news service reported.

The lawsuit concerns a basic technique that enables high-quality printing of images from laser beam printers. The engineer accuses Canon of failing to compensate him fairly for the technology, patented by the company in 1981. He claims the company profited from the inventions he made on his own time outside company...
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