Canon Settles Toner IP Claims With 20 Cos.

By Dan Rivoli (June 2, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT) -- Canon Inc. on Thursday announced a settlement with 20 companies in suits filed in the U.S. International Trade Commission and New York federal court that accused them of making and importing toner cartridges that infringed Canon patents.

The settlement prohibits Ninestar Image International Ltd. and other retailers from making, selling and importing into the U.S. toner cartridges containing photosensitive drums for use in Canon and Hewlett-Packard Co. laser-beam printers.

The retailers and cartridge makers were sued in June 2010. Canon lodged an ITC complaint, seeking permanent exclusion and cease-and-desist orders, in conjunction with a similar infringement suit against the same parties...

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