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


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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 to do the first, aggressively litigating enforcement of its patents for toner and drums used in laser printers marketed by both it and Hewlett-Packard.

On the other hand, HP seems to be taking the second strategy with ink-cartridge subscription programs for its inkjet printers and All-in-Ones. This week we take a look at HP’s new Instant Ink Professional program that can be used with several of its PageWide Officejet Pro X models that are rated at up to 70 ppm. Under the program, users can print up to 2,000 per month for $59.99 per month – a very nice deal, in our opinion, especially since there are no restrictions for page coverage, or black-and-white or color output. (And, by the way, in our opinion, there’s nothing wrong with either the a or b approach.)

Also this week, Wirth Consulting’s Terry Wirth takes a look at disturbing issues with the now-ubiquitous USB flash drive, which poses serious risks for the enterprise.

Financial News

  • Modest Growth for Ricoh in Latest Quarter; Slower Copier/MFP Sales Growth – Read more here.
  • Sharp Reports Smaller Loss for Quarter, on Track for Profit for Fully Year – Read more here.
  • Total Sales and Net Income up at Brother; Sales up for Printers and All-in-Ones – Read more here.


  • ‘BadUSB’ Malware has Effectively Killed USB Devices in the Enterprise – Read more here.

New Products and Solutions

  • New HP ‘Instant Ink Professional’ – Print up to 2,000 Pages per Month for $59.99 – Read more here.
  • Canon Rolls Out Océ PlotWave 500 Large-Format Printing System – Read more here.
  • Brother Announces New Business Smart Plus Series of A3 Inkjet All-in-Ones, MFC-J5620DW – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • HP Accuses Autonomy Founder Michael Lynch of Fraud, Files Lawsuit – Read more here.
  • Canon Wins Printer-Consumables Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Three Companies – Read more here.
  • Canon Wins Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Korean Supplies Maker AlphaChem – Read more here.

Other News

  • Notable Solutions: Some Elements of AutoStore Vulnerable to ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL Vulnerability – Read more here.
  • Lexmark Steps up Bidding War for ReadSoft, Increases Offer Price – Read more here.
  • Sharp MFPs and Printers Receive EPEAT Recognition for Eco-Friendly Electronics – Read more here.
  • OKI Data Receives CompTIA Trustmark Recognition for Managed Print Services – Read more here.
  • Ricoh Opens New Customer Center for Hands-On Demos of its Production Printing – Read more here.
  • Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan Rescue Kodak – Read more here.

The Third Dimension

BMW 3D-Prints New Thumb for Factory Workers

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D-Printed Titanium Jaw Implants


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