By Eric Schweibenz
On February 22, 2012, 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-829).

The investigation is based on a January 23, 2012 complaint filed by Canon Inc. of Japan, Canon U.S.A., Inc. of Lake Success, 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, including but not limited to photosensitive drums, that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,903,803 and 6,128,454.  See our January 25, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • Clover Holdings, Inc. of Hoffman Estates, Illinois

  • Clover Technologies Group, LLC d/b/a Depot International f/k/a Depot America f/k/a Image1 Products of Ottawa, Illinois

  • Clover Vietnam Co., Ltd. of Vietnam

  • Dataproducts USA, LLC of Thousand Oaks, California

  • Dataproducts Imaging Solutions S.A. de C.V. of Mexico

  • CAU, Inc. d/b/a Cartridges Are Us of Ithaca, Michigan

  • Shanghai Orink Infotech International Co., Ltd. of China

  • Orink Infotech International Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • Zhuhai Rich Imaging Technology Co., Ltd. of China

  • Standard Image Co., Ltd. a/k/a Shanghai Orink Co., Ltd. of China

  • Zhuhai National Resources & Jingjie Imaging Products Co., Ltd. d/b/a Huebon Co., Ltd. d/b/a Ink-Tank of China

  • Standard Image USA, Inc. d/b/a Imaging Standard Inc. of Santa Ana, California

  • Printronic Corporation d/b/a Printronic.com d/b/a InkSmile.com of Santa Ana, California

  • Nukote, Inc. of Plano, Texas

  • Nukote International de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico

  • Acecom, Inc. – San Antonio d/b/a InkSell.com of San Antonio, Texas

  • Atman, Inc. s/b/a pcRUSH.com of El Segundo, California

  • Dexxxon Digital Storage, Inc. of Lewis Center, Ohio

  • Discount Office Items, Inc. of Columbus, Wisconsin

  • Deal Express LLC d/b/a Discount Office Items of Columbus, Wisconsin

  • Do It Wiser LLC d/b/a Image Toner of Marietta, Georgia

  • E-Max Group, Inc. d/b/a Databazaar.com of Miramar, Florida

  • Green Project, Inc. of Hacienda Heights, California

  • GreenLine Paper Company, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania

  • IJSS Inc. d/b/a TonerZone.com d/b/a InkJetSuperstore.com of Los Angeles, California

  • Imaging Resources, LLC of Chatsworth, California

  • Ink Technologies Printer Supplies, LLC of Dayton, Ohio

  • Myriad Greeyn LLC of Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Office World, Inc. of Eugene, Oregon

  • OfficeWorld.com, Inc. of Eugene, Oregon

  • OnlineTechStores.com, Inc. d/b/a SuppliesOutlet.com of Reno, Nevada

  • SupplyBuy.com, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee

  • Virtual Imaging Products Inc. of Canada

  • 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.