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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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In Landmark Third Quarter, Kodak Returns to Profitability

Driven by strong sales increases for key strategic technology products and intellectual property licensing payments, last week, Eastman Kodak reported net earnings of $19 million for the third quarter of 2014. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2013 were $1.99 billion as a result of a $2.21 billion reorganization item gain in that quarter. […]

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Kodak Alaris Releases Apple Mac Drivers for 13 Document and Photo Scanners

Kodak Alaris reports that it’s releasing Apple Macintosh drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. With the free download, a wide range of Kodak Alaris’ imaging scanners are now compatible with the Apple OS X operating system as well as with Microsoft Windows and Linux. “Historically, PC users have had far more choice […]

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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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Judge Gives Favorable Ruling to Collins Inkjet in Dispute with Kodak

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett has ruled that Kodak must adhere to an injunction that it not differentiate pricing for print-head refurbishing services based on whether the customer uses Collins ink or Kodak ink for use with Kodak Versamark production printers – that is until and if a preliminary injunction issued on March 6th […]

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Improved Earnings for Kodak in Second Quarter, Smaller Loss

Eastman Kodak has reported a net loss of $62 million for its second-quarter 2014; however, this loss is a $162 million improvement from the $224 million net loss that Kodak reported for second-quarter 2013. The firm says that key products in packaging, digital plates, digital printing, and workflow software are helping it increase revenue growth. […]

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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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Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan Rescue Kodak

A passel of leading Hollywood directors including JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow have forged an agreement that ensures that films can still be recorded and viewed on traditional silver-halide film. In an age of digital recording. it is common knowledge that Kodak, that one of America’s greatest companies, is struggling to […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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New Prosper 6000 Inkjet Production Printers from Kodak

Kodak in introducing its latest digital color production printers, the Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses, which it says feature new innovations in paper transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press-management technology. Based on a new product platform, the systems are designed for production printing in the book-, commercial-, and newspaper-printing businesses, as well as […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/19/2014 – New Print-Management Solutions for Konica Minolta, Kyocera; Inkjet Strong in Production; More

There was no new office-imaging hardware this week, but two vendors introduced print-management solutions: Konica Minolta reported that NSi Output Manager is now available for its bizhub MFPs, while Kyocera Document Solutions reported that Argos OnBoard Print Management is now available for its HyPAS-enabled MFPs. These print-management solutions provide not only tracking of MFP activity […]

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Former HP Exec John N. McMullen is New Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer for Kodak

John N. McMullen has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Eastman Kodak effective June 15th. Kodak’s board of directors also elected McMullen as a corporate officer of Kodak, and he will become a member of the company’s executive council. McMullen will report to Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke. McMullen, 55, […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/5/2014 – Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Forge Ahead; Setback for Kodak, More

Though this was a bit of a slow week in the industry, two things stood out: both Konica Minolta and Lexmark continue to forge ahead. Konica Minolta, which was the largest exhibitor at the IPEX production-printing trade show in February, and acquired French production-printing company MGI Digital Graphic Technology in January, continues to bolster its […]

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Kodak Reports Loss for First Quarter, Sales Down

Eastman Kodak reported a loss of $36 million for its first-quarter 2013 versus $283 in net income for first-quarter 2013. Sales for first-quarter 2014 were $482 million, compared to $594 million in first-quarter 2013, a decline of 19 percent, with Kodak attributing more than half of that to continuing declines in its film and consumer-inkjet products. Non-recurring licensing […]

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

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 […]

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Kodak Seeking to Sell Eastman Business Park

Eastman Kodak – which last week, appointed a new CEO, Jeff Clarke – has announced that it’s seeking to sell its Eastman Business Park (EBP) industrial and technology property located in Rochester, New York Kodak says the site can best continue as a multi-use, multi-tenant industrial facility under the ownership of a firm focused on […]

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Improving Financial Picture at Kodak

On March 19th, Eastman Kodak reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2013, with net earnings of $1.99 billion for the full year, including a reorganization-items net gain of $2.01 billion, as well as a gain of $535 million for the sale of its digital-imaging patent portfolio, partially offset by a $77 million […]

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