Yesterday, Eric Reagan of Photography Bay provided us with an update on the ongoing saga of Canon's attack on the Gray Market. To recap, "Gray Market" refers to the sale or exchange of goods legally, but through unintended means. In many of these instances, products manufactured for Asian markets are channeled through to US markets. This means that these companies sell the products legally, but not via the intention or desire of the manufacturer. The main setback of purchasing Gray Market is the product will be insured through the Asian market (or whatever market it originated from) and not through the US market.
In an earlier November post, Photography Bay reported that Canon USA had filed suit in Federal Court against Get It Digital, LLC and All New Shop, LLC and that they had filed a second suit against F&E Trading LLC. Get It Digital has officially submitted their response to the allegations by denying any wrongdoing. They are citing three main defenses to the allegations:
- First Sale Doctrine
In this post by Photography Bay, you can find the details and explanations of these defenses. I personally would not have understood what the Laches defense is, but the article does well in explaining all three. Also in the article is a brief summation of what will come next in the suits filed.
I also recommend reading the previous post from Photography Bay from last month, which announced the suits and explains the basis of Canon USA's federal suits.
If you are looking for a further explanation of what Gray Market is, you can refer to this article from Consumerist. Also on topic is Casey Berner's article on Fstoppers, which takes a stance against purchasing Gray Market products.
[via Photography Bay]