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Canon Announces Resolution of Patent Infringement Dispute


MELVILLE, N.Y., May 2, 2013 – Canon today announced the resolution of a patent contempt proceeding as it relates to Direct Billing International, Inc. d/b/a OfficeSupplyOutfitters.com. On February 6, 2013, Canon filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking an order holding Direct Billing International, among others, in contempt for violation of a stipulation, consent judgment and permanent injunction previously entered in the case of Canon Inc. v. Ninestar Image Int'l, Ltd. et al., Case No. 1:10-cv-04999-RWS. In its motion, Canon alleged that Direct Billing International had continued to sell toner cartridges, including photosensitive drums, that the permanent injunction prohibits it from selling.

To resolve the contempt motion, Direct Billing International has stipulated to a contempt order finding it in contempt for having violated the permanent injunction through its sale of at least the products identified in Canon's motion papers. The contempt order also directs Direct Billing International to pay to Canon its entire profits derived from its violations.

Throughout the development, sales and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property of other companies and individuals and expects others to similarly respect Canon's intellectual property rights. Canon remains committed to pursuing legal enforcement against those who do not respect Canon's intellectual property.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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