On June 6, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-918).

The investigation is based on a May 7, 2014 complaint and May 14, 2014 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Canon Inc. of Japan, Canon U.S.A., Inc. of Melville, New York, and Canon Virginia, Inc. of Newport News, Virginia alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain toner cartridges and components thereof, namely photosensitive drum units, that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,280,278; 8,630,564; 8,682,215; 8,676,090; 8,369,744; 8,565,640; 8,676,085; 8,135,304; and 8,688,008.  See our May 8, 2014 post for more details on the complaint.   

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as the respondents in this investigation:

  • Ninestar Image Tech Limited of China
  • Zhuhai Seine Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Ninestar Technology Company, Ltd. of City of Industry, California
  • Seine Tech (USA) Co., Ltd. of Walnut, California
  • Seine Image Int’l Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Ninestar Image Tech, Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Seine Image (USA) Co., Ltd. of Diamond Bar, California
  • Nano Pacific Corp. of South San Francisco, California
  • Aster Graphics, Inc. of Placentia, California
  • Jiangxi Yibo E-tech Co., Ltd. of China
  • Aster Graphics Co., Ltd. of China
  • Print-Rite Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Print-Rite N.A., Inc. of La Vergne, Tennessee
  • Union Technology Int’l (M.C.O.) Co. Ltd. of China
  • Print-Rite Unicorn Image Products Co. Ltd. of China
  • Innotex Precision Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • International Laser Group, Inc. of Woodland Hills, California
  • Shenzhen ASTA Official Consumable Co., Ltd. of China
  • Acecom, Inc. – San Antonio d/b/a InkSell.com of San Antonio, Texas
  • ACM Technologies, Inc. of Corona, California
  • American Internet Holdings, LLC of Midland Park, New Jersey
  • The Supplies Guys, LLC of Midland Park, New Jersey
  • Do It Wiser LLC d/b/a Image Toner of Marietta, Georgia
  • Grand Image Inc. d/b/a Grand Image USA d/b/a INK4S.com of City of Industry, California
  • Green Project, Inc. of Hacienda Heights, California
  • Ink Technologies Printer Supplies, LLC of Dayton, Ohio
  • Katun Corp. of Bloomington, Minnesota
  • LD Products, Inc. of Long Beach, California
  • Linkyo Corp. of La Puente, California
  • Nectron International, Inc. of Sugar Land, Texas
  • Online Tech Stores, LLC d/b/a SuppliesOutlet.com d/b/a SuppliesWholesalers.com d/b/a OnlineTechStores.com of Reno, Nevada
  • Printronic Corp. d/b/a Printronic.com d/b/a InkSmile.com of Santa Ana, California
  • Zinyaw LLC d/b/a TonerPirate.com of Houston, Texas

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.