Patent Number: 6,966,631

Title: Ink container and recording apparatus

Abstract: An ink container detachably mountable to an ink jet recording apparatus which includes a cartridge provided with a recording head and capable of detachably carrying the ink container, and includes a mechanical switch for detecting mounting of the cartridge by its displacement, the container including a bottom side which is provided with an ink supply port for supplying the ink from an inside of the container to the recording head and which takes a bottom position in use; a substantially vertical side having an engaging portion for mounting the ink container to the cartridge; a stepped portion, in the bottom side, forming a recess having an end which is open at the vertical side; and a projected abutment portion, provided adjacent the vertical side in the recess, for displacing the mechanical switch.

Inventors: Matsuo; Keisuke (Yokohama, JP), Kotaki; Yasuo (Yokohama, JP), Ohashi; Tetsuya (Matsudo, JP), Sato; Noriko (Mitaka, JP), Hayashi; Hiroki (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B41J 2/175 (20060101); B41J 002/14 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018