Top News for the Week of 3/24/2013 – HP Inkjets for Enterprises; Trouble for MPHJ; More

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Product Briefs

HP Introduces New 72-ppm Officejet Enterprise Series

The most interesting news this week was Hewlett-Packard’s roll-out of a new color inkjet-based Officejet Enterprise series for, as the name implies, large workgroups and enterprises. The series consists of three MFPs and two printers that are based on HP’s PageWide inkjet print-head technology that is employed by the Officejet Pro X series and debuted in the Edgeline series back in 2007.

 

 Above: the new Officejet Enterprise Color series.

Below: HP’s Edgeline series introduced in 2007.

 

There’s not much not to like – including cost per page of 1.0 cent for black, and 5.2 cents for color, 72 ppm print speed in “General Office” mode (42 ppm in “Professional” mode), manageability with Web JetAdmin, FutureSmart firmware upgradability, solution add-ons, even a hardware integration pocket (HIP) for adding a card-authentication reader. The more difficult task will be overcoming enterprise customers’ bias against inkjet versus laser, as many users will associate inkjet with home inkjet printers’ slower speeds and high ink costs, and competitors will no doubt play on this. To counter this, HP would do well to point out not only inkjets’ inherent reliability and far less maintenance versus laser because of fewer moving parts, but stress just how easy it is to replace four ink cartridges – versus replacing many laser counterparts’ developing units, fuser units, transfer rollers, etc. – all of which typically require a scheduled maintenance visit and downtime. Difficult as this may be, we applaud HP for bringing this technology upstream, as inkjet offers many cost, environmental, and reliability issues over laser. Read more here.

Epson Introduces New Inkjet Printers with 75,000-Page Ink Yield

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Bags of ink used to refill Epson’s new business inkjets’ ink tanks.

Epson is also serious about business inkjets. In Europe, it unveiled new business inkjets that it says can go 75,000 pages without the customer having to purchase new ink. Part of the configuration includes bags of inks that are used to refill ink tanks when they become depleted. Read our story here.

Lexmark Receives Mopria Mobile-Printing Certification for its MFPs

Lexmark International reports that Mopria global certification across several product series for delivering simple wireless printing from Mopria-certified smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. The non-profit Mopria Alliance, which Lexmark is an executive member of, is a non-profit membership organization of global technology companies focused on providing simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Read more here.

Legal Briefs

Ricoh, Xerox, Lexmark File Petition with U.S. Patent Office to Invalidate MPHJ’s Scan-Patent Claim

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Jay Mac Rust, chief litigator of MPHJ Technology Investments

Lexmark, Ricoh Americas and Xerox join forces, petitioning the U.S. Patent Office to invalidate MPHJ Technology’s scan patents. In a nutshell, the companies argue that MPHJ’s patents are invalid because the companies already had existing products in place incorporating the scan technology before the original “inventor” (Laurence Klein) received patent approval. Back in May 2013, Hewlett-Packard also petitioned the U.S. Patent Office with a similar argument, but the decision hasn’t yet been decided. Read our story here.

Meanwhile, a U.S. District Judge shoots down the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit MPHJ filed against it in January 2013. Read more here.

U.S. Supreme Court: Static Control Can Proceed with Lawsuit Against Lexmark

The United States Supreme Court weighs in on Lexmark’s decade-long litigation with Static Control Components, which remanufacturers and refills Lexmark toner cartridge, with this round going to Static Control. Read our story here.

Lexmark: Did Not Make False Statements Regarding Static Control

As we reported on March 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Static Control Components, which markets remanufactured and refilled Lexmark toner cartridges, can proceed with a lawsuit against Lexmark International that accuses Lexmark of disparaging its business and harming its reputation. Read our story here.

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