Aster Announces Markman Ruling Clears Its Accused Products
And confirms that its cartridges do not infringe Canon patents
On February 28, the Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord issued her Markman Order that determines the scope of asserted patent rights in the ITC 337 investigation. On the most critical interpretation, as to whether the coupling member can incline with the photosensitive drum, she did find that the patents require the coupling member to be pivotable. Aster gears do not pivot. Aster expects that based on the Markman Order, a non-infringing Summary Determination will be issued for Aster by the ITC Judge Dee Lord.
In looking back, Aster was proud to be the first imaging products producer to provide solutions for ALL accused products named in the ITC 337 Investigation. As noted in Canon’s August 17 “SUPPLEMENT TO JOINT STIPULATION REGARDING REPRESENTATIVE ACCUSED PRODUCTS,” Canon had admitted that Aster’s new design does not infringe and that the new design would not be subject to any exclusion order the ITC may issue. Aster Graphic’s products have never been subject to a seizure order and our product supply has never been interrupted.
About Aster Graphics
Aster Graphics is a global organization that produces and distributes printer consumable products. With operations in Asia, North America and Europe, Aster’s customers are supported by knowledgeable company representatives that are close to the geographical markets served. Aster Graphics products are delivered through an extensive global network of wholesale, distributor and retail channel partners. Aster’s main production facility is located in JiangXi, China and is led by the most experienced team of veterans in the industry, including patent, customs and international trade lawyers.
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