This Week in Imaging: HP Battles Patent Infringers; Upcoming Conferences & Expos; Smallest AiO; More

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Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

In a slow news week, there’s at least one odd piece that makes you go “hmm” – Sharp sells its U.S. headquarters. but will lease it and stay put.

We’re used to posting virtually every week news of Canon Inc. waging war against alleged toner-cartridge patent infringers across the globe, but this week HP made a big announcement. The firm reported that it’s filed ink-cartridge patent-infringement lawsuits against companies in Europe, the United States, and China.

We needn’t have to remind you that Konica Minolta is serious about production printing around the world. In October, the company acquired Italian inkjet textile printer-sales company, Verga, but this week announced plans to strengthen its production-printing foothold in Brazil with another acquisition.

Hot off the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) comes yet another inkjet and 3D-Printing showcase, the Ink Jet Printing World Conference, which will be held February 3-6 in Orlando, Florida. We can picture the technicians, riggers, and haulers breaking down equipment and booths at CES in Las Vegas and shipping them to Orlando where they’ll rinse and repeat.

Primera Technology claims that its new Trio All-in-One, previewed at CES, is the smallest under-$399 portable printer available in the United States. Unfortunately, unlike many of the products at this year’s CES, alas, it’s not wearable.

HP Filing Bevy of Ink-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuits Against Companies in Europe and U.S. – Read more here.

Canon Remains #1 Among Japanese Companies for U.S. Patents – Read more here.

Konica Minolta Acquires Milsul in Order to Enhance Production-Printing Business in Brazil – Read more here.

Sharp Sells U.S. HQ in Mahwah, but Will Lease Site to Stay There – Read more here.

Exploring Inkjet and 3D-Printing Opportunities at the Ink Jet Printing World Conference 2015 – Read more here.

Meet the Primera Trio, the World’s Smallest AiO – Read more here.

New Document Scanners from Panasonic Ship With Nuance PaperPort 14 Professional – Read more here.

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