Samsung Electronics announced today that it won a lawsuit against two resellers in Germany for the distribution of unlicensed, non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) toner cartridges that were found on first instance to infringe Samsung’s patents*. Samsung prevailed against 11 defendants in the first instance. Two of the defendants appealed but the Munich Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal.
The Munich Court of Appeal confirmed that two appellants infringed, reselling toner cartridges that were molded to be compatible with Samsung printers.
The court ordered each of the resellers to stop selling all products that infringe on the patented features and recall those that have been distributed since April 14, 2012.
“We are pleased with the judgment,” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Printing Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics. “The lawsuits are intended to protect our intellectual property rights, the rights and interests of consumers and those of companies that produce and sell legitimately manufactured toner cartridges. We will continue to take action against resellers that sell illegal, unlicensed toners that are compatible with our products.”
Irrespective of the infringement of Samsung’s patents, non-genuine toners may produce low quality prints and can lead to various printer problems, such as excessive noise and hardware failure. Samsung’s warranty does not cover damages caused to printers that break down due to the effects of non-genuine toner. Thus, Samsung is taking steps to prevent such problems for customers.
Genuine Samsung toners print nearly twice the page output of non-genuine counterparts, according to a 2014 study by Buyers Laboratory. In addition, genuine toners produce longer-lasting prints that do not smudge. Genuine Samsung toner cartridges have also been certified for environmental safety.
Customers can identify a genuine Samsung toner by checking the label on the cartridge box. The label should change colors when seen from different angles, and the embossed characters have a distinguishable texture.
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* German part of European Patent EP 2 325 701 and EP 2 256 559
** Docket no. 6 U 4924/14, 7 O 25647/13, and 7 O 26671/13