Memjet and Canon Announce Global Cross-Licensing Agreement

On April 4th, San Diego-based Memjet, which develops single-pass inkjet-printing technologies, reports that it and Canon Inc. have entered into a long-term, global agreement to cross-license their patents “around key segments and applications.” Terms of the agreement are confidential.

Len Lauer, CEO of Memjet, commented: “We are excited and pleased with our agreement with Canon, which validates the value of our technology. This agreement showcases the breadth and strength of our intellectual property portfolio of patents. We will continue to focus on our leadership position in the single-pass digital inkjet market through our technology innovation that provides unmatched speed, simplicity and affordability.”

Memjet previously made headlines back in 2016, when it was sued for patent-infringement by Hewlett-Packard, a long-time Canon partner, with Canon supplying HP with laser-printer engines and supplies for decades.  After many months of contentious litigation, Memjet and Hewlett-Packard settled their lawsuits and entered into a cross-licensing agreement. The HP-Memjet legal battle in  August 2015, when Memjet filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against HP alleging that HP’s PageWide inkjet-printing technology infringed on eight Memjet page-wide inkjet-printing patents.

It will be interesting to see what new products the Memjet-Canon cross-licensing deal may result in. Canon develops and markets both consumer, business, and commercial inkjet printers, while Memjet has generally confined itself to licensing its single-pass inkjet-printing to partners that have used the technology in envelope printers, wide-format, and commercial printers. Back in 2016, Canon introduced its Océ ColorWave 910 wide-format color inkjet printer that is based on Memjet printing technology. Might we see Canon single-pass, page-wide inkjet printers for other applications, including office, down the road? Stay tuned.

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