More on the Canon vs Grey Market Retailers Legal Action


Photography Bay posted an update to the Canon vs. grey market retailer legal action started by Canon. Canon USA has filed an amended complaint against F&E Trading, which represents BigValueInc, Electronic Valley and other grey market retailer. According to Photography Bay the amended complaint is about…:

In its Amended Complaint, Canon USA doesn’t really add on any additional egregious actions, but rather takes aim at pinning the alleged misconduct on Albert Houllou, who appears to be the principal owner/operator of F & E Trading.

Canon USA slices out several facts in an attempt to paint Houllou as the real wrongdoer in its trademark violation case. This strategy is a common tactic in lawsuits against companies.


As someone who used to practice corporate law, I can tell you that it is always a big win to get an individual (typically an owner or executive) on the hook for the wrongdoing (aka “piercing the corporate veil”). This allows the plaintiff (e.g., Canon USA) to hold a person (not just a company) personally liable for the wrongdoing. If you can get at a person’s assets, then you can apply a whole lot more pressure in settlement negotiations or drive them into bankruptcy.

Canon refers to the video below to claim that Mr. Houllou is the sole responsible and in the charge of F&E’s actions.

Photography Bay also published the PDF of the amended complaint (below).

Canon USA v. F & E Trading, LLC

[via Photography Bay]

Canon patent for 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 superzoom for full-frame DSLRs


Canon patent

200-600mm f/4.5-5.6

Canon patent for a superzoom lens for full-frame DSLRs, an EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

As always with patents, you can’t be sure if the described product will hit the market. However, the optical formula in the patent reminds the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens, and given how well the latest Sigma lenses perform (given the price), I wouldn’t be suprised if Canon decides to strike back. I think such a lens would be welcome by the community.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-212724
    • Published 2015.11.26
    • Filing date 2014.5.1
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 3.00
    • Focal length 200.00 340.00 600.00
    • F-number 4.60 4.60 5.20
    • Angle of view 6.18 3.64 2.07
    • Image height 21.65 21.65 21.65
    • Overall length of the lens 355.16 355.16 355.16
    • BF 65.16 65.16 65.16
Canon patent

200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 performance, left wide end, right telephoto end

[via Egami]


PIXMA MX492 Wireless printer deal – $50 (reg. $100, Canon Store)


The Canon Direct Store has an early access holidays deal. The PIXMA MX492 Wireless printer (black) is on sale at $49.99. You have to use code JINGLE1-GK3MEKC at checkout. Regular price is $99.99.

Do not miss to check the Canon Store’s refurbished gear listings for hot deals:

PIXMA MX492 overview after the break.

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