The Intellectual Property High Court on Tuesday banned an importer from selling recycled ink cartridges for ink-jet printers in line with a demand by Canon Inc., the patent holder for the type of cartridges the importer wanted to sell.

The court ruled the patent holder has the right to prohibit sale of the recycled product, imported from China by Tokyo-based distributor Recycle Assist Co., saying that the product contained a key part from the patented invention that had been altered.

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