Top News for the Week of 9/1/2014 – MPHJ Scan Patents Under Review; Samsung Acquires PrinterOn; New Samsung A4 Models with Enterprise-Level Features; More


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Samsung continues to strive to bring enterprise-level performance to its A4 laser series, with the introduction of two new ProXpress standalone laser printers and two new ProXpress laser MFPs this week. The new models support Samsung’s XOA open-development platform for adding Samsung, third-party, and custom-developed solutions, including solutions for document workflow, cost-accounting, and print-fleet management. These include solutions from PrintFleet, FMAudit, Equitrac, and Nuance, as well as Samsung’s own home-grown solutions. The new MX4580FX MFP is also compatible with EMC Information Intelligence Group’s electronic content management solution, ECM Captiva. Both of the two MFPs also feature the first Android OS-powered user interface, and come equipped with custom touch-screen applications, for instance, for setting up shortcuts, in order to consolidate repetitive tasks, such as scanning to a particular network folder, with just the touch of one button.

Also this week, Samsung – the founding member of the Mopria Alliance – bolstered its already extensive mobile- and remote-printing portfolio with the purchase of PrinterOn for an undisclosed sum.  PrinterOn provides mobile cloud-printing solutions that are deployed in enterprises, education, and public-cloud printing locations. See our story for more.

In what could be very good news for the office copier/MFP industry, the U.S. Patent Office has agreed to review a petition from Xerox, Ricoh, and Lexmark. In their petition, the three companies argue that MPHJ Technology’s controversial scan patents were actually patented after such technology was already being used and marketed by other companies, essentially making the patents invalid. If the three companies are successful and the U.S. Patent Office invalidates MPHJ’s patents, that means no more MPHJ demand letters that have plagued the industry for the last several years.

As for us, we’re off this week to Hewlett-Packard’s Fall Launch Event in New York City to see HP’s latest enterprise imaging and printing security innovations. We’ll have the complete scoop for you next week, so please stay tuned.

New Products and Solutions

  • New Samsung A4 MFPs Feature First Android OS-Powered User Interface – Read more here.
  • New e-Bridge CloudConnect from Toshiba Provides Dealers with Remote-Device Management and Monitoring – Read more here.
  • Epson Expands WorkForce Family with New Mobile-Friendly PrecisionCore Color Inkjets for Small and Home Office – Read more here.
  • Canon Adds Next-Generation imagePRESS C800 Digital Color Press Series for Commercial Printers  – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • U.S. Patent Office to Review ‘Patentability’ of MPHJ Technology’s Scan Patents – Read more here.
  • Xerox Executive Blodgett to Pay $412,724 to SEC to Resolve Disputed ACS Revenue – Read more here.

Other News

  • Samsung Acquires PrinterOn, Maker of Mobile Cloud-Printing Solutions, to Bolster B2B Services – Read more here.

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