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Top News for the Week of 8/18/2014 – New Memjet Print Engine, Printer Revenue Down at HP, More

This week, the big news was Hewlett-Packard’s reporting of its results for third-quarter 2014. The good news is that HP achieved a slight revenue increase after several quarters of revenue decline, the bad news was lower printer revenue, including lower supplies revenue. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman was overall pleased with HP’s performance. According to […]

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Canon Takes Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Campaign to Russia

Canon Inc. reports that it’s filed a suit for enforcement of its Russian Federation patent 2467370, which relates to toner cartridges. Canon filed the suit with the Moscow City Economic Court against the defendant, X-Com Shop Ltd., a distributing company. Canon alleges that certain models of toner cartridges sold on the Russian market under the […]

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Canon Expands Cloud-Connected PIXMA Color Photo All-in-One Family with Three New Models

Canon U.S.A. is expanding its PIXMA photo All-in-One family with three new PIXMA Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-Ones – the PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620. Each model is compatible with Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) application and Canon’s new mobile-friendly Easy-PhotoPrint+ Web application, both of which provide cloud-connected printing, as well as editing and personalization of […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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Authorities Seize 35,000 Counterfeit Printer Ink Cartridges in Saudi Arabia

Arab News reports that Saudi Arabia authorities have seized some 35,000 counterfeit fake Canon and Hewlett-Packard printer cartridges. According to Arab News, field inspectors for the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated more than 35,000 fake printer ink cartridges in Riyadh. The inspectors said the poor-quality ink cartridges were designed to be marketed […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/4/2014 – HP ‘Instant Ink Professional;” Ricoh, Sharp Financials; More

What do you do if the supplies for your product are being made and sold by unauthorized third parties and are cutting into your revenue stream? You either a) enforce your patents through litigation to end the sale of those supplies, and/or b) make your supplies more economical and easier to obtain. Canon Inc. continues […]

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Canon Wins Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Korean Supplies Maker AlphaChem

Canon Inc. of Japan reports that on July 24th, the South Korean Supreme Court granted decisions favorable to Canon in Canon’s patent-infringement lawsuits against Korean makers of photosensitive-drums for use in Canon-made laser printers. The Korean Supreme Court affirmed the Seoul High Court’s ruling of infringement in Canon’s patent-infringement lawsuit against AlphaChem, a Korean photosensitive […]

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Canon Rolls Out Océ PlotWave 500 Large-Format Printing System

Canon U.S.A. is launching its new Océ PlotWave 500 large-format printing system that features the Océ ClearConnect touch screen interface for faster and easier walk-up printing, copying and scanning. The Océ PlotWave 500 can print 10 D-size plots per minute with virtually no warm-up delay, according to Canon, as well as cloud connection. The Océ […]

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Canon Wins Printer-Consumables Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Three Companies

Canon Inc. reports that it’s successfully concluded its patent-infringement lawsuits against Green Project, Inc., Do It Wiser LLC (which also does business under the name Image Toner), and Acecom, Inc. – San Antonio (which does business under the name InkSell.com), in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit involved […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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Canon Extends imagePROGRAF Large-Format Lineup with Six New Models

Canon U.S.A. today introduced six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers: the 36″ iPF785 and iPF780 models, 24″ iPF685 and iPF680 models, and two new large-format imaging systems, the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. Canon says these printers provide faster printing speeds and lower operation costs compared […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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Strong Sales of Office Multifunctionals Drive Income Growth for Canon in Latest Quarter

Although sales were down 4.1 percent for Canon Inc.’s fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014, net income was up 21.1 percent (both compared to the same quarter a year ago). The firm says gains in net income were driven by strong sales of office MFPs and industrial equipment. Net income for the quarter was 80.8 billion […]

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PrinterPoint is Managed Print Services for Wide-Format Printers

There’s managed print services (MPS) for office printers and MFPs, but what about managing wide-format printer? Sepialine has a solution with its just released Printerpoint, a cloud-based wide-format MPS solution for dealers and resellers of Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and Océ printers. According to Sepialine, Printerpoint simplifies printer meter-read collection, provides instant device error and warning messages, and […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/14/2014 – Survey Shows Disparity in Attitudes Towards Digital-Imaging Technologies; Epson Wide-Format Inkjet; Canon Lawsuits; More

This week, Canon U.S.A. released the first of what will be annual surveys that examine the attitudes of both IT and non-IT executives towards key trends in our industry – cloud-based document management, mobile printing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and managed print services (MPS). Unfortunately, it seems IT executives will have to work hard […]

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Canon Wins Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Suit Against Nectron

Canon Inc. of Tokyo reports that it’s  successfully concluded a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nectron International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case involved toner cartridges and photosensitive drum units sold for use in Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser printers. To resolve the lawsuit, Nectron has stipulated to a […]

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Canon Hit with Class-Action Suit Claiming PIXMA Print-Head Defect

Law360 reports that Canon U.S.A. Inc. was hit with a class-action lawsuit in June, claiming that several of its PIXMA inkjet printers have a defect with their inkjet print heads that makes the printers inoperable after their warranty runs out. The complaint was filed in New York federal court on Jun 27th by Texas resident Marcus […]

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Canon Survey Reveals How U.S. Businesses View BYOD, Mobile Printing, Cloud-Based Document Management, More

Canon U.S.A. has released the results of its inaugural Workflow Optimization Study I, which uncovered trends in how document-management workflows affect day-to-day operations of U.S. businesses. Wirth Consulting also participated in a Web conference, where industry analysts discussed these trends in digital-imaging (see below). Results from the online survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll […]

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