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The Great Office Supplies Caper

The US ITC 337-TA-1106 Investigation Timeline and the Markman Hearing.

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/16/18 7:33 AM

The ITC investigation '1106 instituted March 29, 2018 has started at a fast pace. On April 5, 2018, within a week of institution, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Sandra (Dee) Lord issued order No.3 establishing the timeline for the investigation...

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Topics: Intellectual Property

Canon, the "non-dongling" dongle gear dispute and the ITC!

by Merritt R. Blakeslee | 4/9/18 7:44 AM

Canon has recently filed its third complaint within the last six years at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Canon is alleging infringement of its intellectual property rights covering the dongle gear and associated components used in...

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Topics: Intellectual Property

The Dongle Gear Respondents in the 2014 Vs. 2018 ITC Investigations

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/4/18 7:49 AM

There are similarities between the 2014 ('918) ITC investigation and the new 2018 ('1106) ITC investigation as both involve the dongle gear assembly used in certain Canon original and aftermarket alternative laser cartridges. The new complaint...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

The Dongle Gear, its Priority Date & Implications for the Aftermarket!

by Ian M. Elliott | 3/21/18 7:53 AM

Market exclusivity obtained through patent protection can lead to significant economic benefits because the inventor is provided with a monopoly over the invention for the 20 year period of the patent protection. Maximizing the scope of patent...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Canon, the Dongle Gear, & Another Round of Litigation!

by Ian M. Elliott | 3/15/18 8:31 AM

On Friday March 2, 2018 Canon Inc. issued an announcement stating it had filed complaints with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) against 49 manufacturers, distributors, and resellers of toner cartridges and photosensitive...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

The Supreme Court and Impression Products - What Does it Mean?

by Ian M. Elliott | 6/8/17 8:30 AM

After nearly 20 years of controversy and litigation, the question of first sale and patent exhaustion was ruled on by the United States Supreme Court as it held that "the authorized sale of a patented product, anywhere in the world, exhausts the...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Office Products, Cartridge Clones & Media Headlines!

by Ian M. Elliott | 2/7/17 7:51 AM

In my recent blog post, "Office Products, New-Build Cartridges and Clone Hysteria!", I made the statement that, "instead of being a threat to the independent reseller and the aftermarket industry, legitimate new-builds are a threat to the...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Industry News, Intellectual Property

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