Friday, March 28, 2014

Lexmark May Be Liable For Attacking Printer-Cartridge Rivals, Supreme Court Says

Lexmark May Be Liable For Attacking Printer-Cartridge Rivals, Supreme Court Says

Lexmark may have crossed the line into false advertising when it told manufacturers of refurbished ink cartridges that it was illegal for them to use microchips designed to allow them to operate in Lexmark printers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today.

In a unanimous decision penned by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court ruled that  Static Control could bring a Lanham Act case against Lexmark for sending letters to the chipmaker’s customers saying it was illegal for them to use Static Control chips in refurbished ink cartridges. Static Control reverse-engineered chips that Lexmark had developed to try and prevent competitors from undercutting it in the lucrative printer ink business.

The decision gives a potentially powerful weapon to free-data advocates who say companies are using laws like the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to squelch competition and even criminalize the use of technology that gets around digital rights-management software and other controls on how customers use data. Companies will have to be careful before accusing a competitor of violating patent laws or saying unauthorized technology is inferior or illegal.
The decision goes beyond that, however, wiping away a judicially created doctrine known as “prudential standing” that had allowed courts to dismiss lawsuits simply because they didn’t think the plaintiff had the right to sue. The ruling doesn’t affect constitutional standing — the requirement that federal courts only hear cases brought by parties who have suffered an actual injury — but it broadens the number of companies that can sue over alleged violations of federal statutes. Various federal circuits, struggling to interpret some ambiguous Supreme Court decisions, had employed different tests to determine whether companies including firms that weren’t direct competitors could sue for false advertising.

“It’s a landmark case on the issue of standing,” said Miller Baker, a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery who represented Static Control. “It clears up a lot of confusion about the law that can be traced to prior Supreme Court decisions.”

Lexmark initially sued Static Control for providing chips it said facilitated patent infringement. The printer manufacturer had a “Prebate” program that encouraged customers to return their cartridges to the company for a rebate — backed up by a shrinkwrap license agreement they supposedly assented to when they opened the box — and used the microchip to try and ensure that customers couldn’t install competing cartridges in their machines.

Static Control supplied toner, replacement parts as well as chips that mimicked the Lexmark chip to companies that refilled and refurbished Lexmark cartridges. It countersued Lexmark on a variety of claims including patent abuse and false advertising. A trial court dismissed Static Control’s counterclaims but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Lanham Act claims, saying that even though the company wasn’t a direct competitor of Lexmark it might have suffered harm.
The Supreme Court agreed, saying Static Control deserves a shot at convincing a jury it suffered business harm because of Lexmark’s statements.
Static Control’s alle­gations suggest that if the remanufacturers sold 10,000 fewer refurbished cartridges because of Lexmark’s false advertising, then it would follow more or less automatically that Static Control sold 10,000 fewer microchips for the same reason, without the need for any “speculative . . . proceedings” or “intricate, uncertain inquiries.
The decision was assigned to Scalia because of his strong interests in standing and statutory interpretation, Baker said. In it, the conservative justice was able to sweep away the somewhat squishy doctrine of prudential standing and replace it with a directive for judges to look strictly at the text of a federal statute to determine whether a plaintiff lies within the “zone of interests” Congress intended:
Whether a plaintiff comes within “the ‘zone of interests’” is an issue that requires us to determine, using traditional tools of statutory interpretation, whether a legislatively conferred cause of action encompasses a particular plaintiff ’s claim.
What Scalia said, in a nutshell, is “it’s not legitimate for courts to not hear a case because they don’t feel like it,” said Mark McKenna, a professor at Notre Dame Law School. He studied the practical effect of prudential standing rules on false-advertising cases, along with Deborah Gerhardt and Kevin McGuire of the University of North Carolina and found significant disparities in who was allowed to sue.
This decision “basically forces all of the circuits to redo their tests,” which is rare for the Supreme Court, since it more often picks one circuit’s test and orders the rest to follow it.
The Lanham Act is a powerful tool for policing anticompetitive behavior and often appears intertwined with antitrust law. The prudential standing rule the court discarded today was adapted from similar tests used to determine who can file an antitrust suit. Today’s decision doesn’t affect well-settled law covering who has standing to sue over environmental regulations, say, or government wiretapping, and will have its biggest impact on business litigation.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Epson bets on business inkjets | Channel Pro

Epson reveals further push into business inkjet market; targets MPS channel with technology launch

Print manufacturer Epson
has revealed plans to pursue the burgeoning business inkjet market,
including a €125m investment to bring its industrial inkjet technology
to the mass market through the channel.

Speaking at the vendor’s ‘Future of
Business Printing’ event yesterday, Epson’s VP of marketing for EMEAR,
Rob Clark, claimed the evolution of inkjet in recent years is pushing
the technology from consumer further into in the workplace – at the
expense of laser print technology.

Epson launched its first inkjet range
into the consumer market in the early nineties, further establishing the
firm in the consumer space. It introduced its first WorkForce Pro range
of business printers in September 2011, selling to the SOHO and lower
end of SMB markets.

Today, Epson’s inkjet sales have
overtaken those of laser print – with this growth set to continue as the
vendor ploughs its efforts into further developing the business.

“The laser range is there for us to
provide to customers that haven’t yet been convinced that inkjet is the
way to go,” Clark told Channel Pro. “For us the future is definitely inkjet-based. We fully expect to be switching people to inkjet rather than laser.”

Market growth

Speaking at the event, Phil Sargeant, programme director at IDC,
said business inkjets currently comprise a fifth of the overall SMB
print market in Europe, but this figure is likely to increase as inkjets
grow in popularity. Indeed, the analyst predicts business inkjet
products will account for 25 percent of the business printer and
multifunction market by 2017.

“Whereas the laser market has suffered
over the last few years with the economic situation, the business inkjet
market bucked the trend, increasing year on year,” he said, citing
inkjet’s ease of use and maintenance, and comparative value for money.

Epson, HP Canon and Brother currently
dominate the inkjet market, adds Sargeant. “With Lexmark and Kodak
withdrawing from the market, it’s given the remaining brands greater
opportunity...[But] many other vendors are casting a keen eye on the
market as an opportunity, or they’re aware of the impact inkjet is
having on their own laser businesses.”

At the heart of Epson’s push is the
launch of the latest range of WorkForce Pro inkjet printers, which uses
the firm’s PrecisionCore print head technology, which was originally
developed for industrial applications. The Japanese vendor revealed it
has invested €125m into two new production lines, enabling Epson to take
the technology out to the volume market.

Epson also unveiled its patented
WorkForce Pro RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System), a series of inkjet
products that deliver uninterrupted printing for up to 75,000 pages
without the need for a consumables change.

The vendor says RIPS has been developed
to address the impact of printer downtime– a productivity loss
estimated to currently stand within the region of €7bn per annum across
Europe. The products are also designed to help businesses take advantage
of the convenience benefits of a localised printer fleet, but with the
predictable costs of a centralised model.

Targeting managed print channel

With the
firm only due to meet with channel partners after speaking to the
press, much of the detail around Epson’s channel strategy is yet to be
However, Epson says RIPS will be targeted towards a
formal managed print services (MPS) channel – its first compelling
offering for MPS partners.

Epson also hasn’t announced pricing on
the products, because it “wants the channel to have the opportunity to
build in other services under an MPS contract,” says Clark. “We want to
leave it down to them to make the end user proposition, and on what

“The plan is to keep a tight channel,” he adds.”It’s not a product we want going broad distribution on.”

However, the UK has “a less mature MPS
engagement” than other European countries, according to senior manager
at Epson UK, John Kelly, who adds that recruiting channel partners is
one of the firm’s biggest challenges.

One of the barriers, he says, is that
some dealers many not have considered inkjet in a click basis, “but we
think we’ve got a compelling message,” he maintains.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kyocera Document Solutions America Introduces Six New Economical, Ecological Desktop Devices

Kyocera Document Solutions America Introduces Six New Economical, Ecological Desktop Devices

Robust Printers and MFPs Bring Desktop Productivity to a New Level
FAIRFIELD, N.J. – March 13, 2014– KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, has just extended its impressive ECOSYS® lineup with three new color multifunctional printers (MFPs), one black & white MFP and two new black-and-white desktop printers. Each of the compact devices highlight KYOCERA’s hallmark ECOSYS technology in a small footprint, making these printers and MFPs ideal for virtually any office environment—from individual users to busy corporate workgroups.
The new printers and MFPs feature ecological designs, user-friendly features, and compatibility with critical business applications. The ECOSYS M6526cdn, M6026cidn and M6526cidn MFPs offer color print, copy and scan functions for high-end versatility, as well as USB Host Interface for print-from and scan-to capability; the ECOSYS M2035dn offers black and white printing and copying to go along with full color scanning, as well as a standard front facing USB Host Interface; the ECOSYS P2135dn and P2135d printers include print-from-USB capabilities for on-the-go printing. Equally important, all six devices offer crisp image quality at impressive speeds. The ECOSYS M2035dn, ECOSYS P2135dn and ECOSYS P2135d generate black-and-white pages at the rate of 37 per minute [ppm]; the ECOSYS M6526cidn, ECOSYS M6526cdn, and ECOSYS M6026cidn MFPs produce color and black-and-white documents at 28 ppm.
All ECOSYS devices come complete with KYOCERA’s patented long-life drum technology. This eco-friendly drum design, which separates the toner container, allows users to replenish toner without sacrificing the drum—thus reducing consumable costs and landfill waste. The devices also conserve energy and associated costs by switching to standby mode when not in use; they are Energy Star™ certified for their operating efficiency.
The new devices optimize performance while offering one of the lowest costs per print. The many features include:
ECOSYS P2135d and ECOSYS P2135dn Black & White Printers
  • A maximum paper capacity of up to 800 sheets with optional paper-feed units;
  • Standard Gigabit Ethernet (ECOSYS P2135dn only)
  • Standard Duplex on both models
ECOSYS M2035dn Black & White Multifunctional Printer
  • A maximum capacity of up to 800 sheets with optional paper-feed units
  • Standard Gigabit Ethernet
  • Standard copy, print  and color scan
ECOSYS M6526cdn, ECOSYS M6026cidn and ECOSYS M6526cidn Color Multifunctional Printers
  • A maximum capacity of up to 1,300 sheets with optional paper-feed units on all devices
  • Standard Gigabit Ethernet
  • Standard color print, copy, scan and black & white fax (ECOSYS M6526cdn/M6526cidn)
  • Standard color print, copy and scan (ECOSYS M6026cidn)
Powerful Business Applications
Select ECOSYS devices integrate seamlessly with a wide range of business applications driven by Kyocera’s scalable HyPAS technology. Some of the most popular include Mobile Print, which allows users to print files and web pages from a smartphone or tablet; Apple AirPrint, which enables users to print from iOS and OSX products to select KYOCERA devices; and Command Center RX, a convenient app that displays toner levels, paper availability, and device status via a web browser.
Other powerful apps include PinPoint Scan, a robust app that makes it easy to scan from the MFP to a desktop; Teaching Assistant, which streamlines the task of creating, printing, grading and analyzing multiple-choice exams; and SharePoint Connector, which connects a workgroup’s KYOCERA MFP to its existing Microsoft SharePoint Server.
 Pricing and Availability
Kyocera’s ECOSYS desktop MFPs and printers are available through authorized Kyocera dealers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of:
  • ECOSYS M6526cidn:  $4,799
  • ECOSYS M6526cdn:  $3,999
  • ECOSYS M6026cidn:  $4,209
  • ECOSYS M2035dn:  $1,181
  • ECOSYS P2135dn: $599
  • ECOSYS P2135d: $529
To find the nearest dealer, please visit Kyocera’s dealer locator at:

ECOSYS, HyPAS, PinPoint Scan, Teaching Assistant and SharePoint Connector are trademarks of Kyocera Companies.
KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc. (, headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable document imaging and document management systems, including network-ready digital MFPs/printers, laser printers, color MFPs/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide format imaging solutions. KYOCERA Document Solutions America is a group company of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., a core company of the Kyocera Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. KYOCERA Document Solutions America, the first document solutions company with third-party certified sales data, has earned numerous honors for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues exceeded $13.6 billion for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Smart Color MFPs from Ricoh Continue to Redefine Information Access

New Smart Color MFPs from Ricoh Continue to Redefine Information Access

MALVERN, Pa., March 5, 2014 — Ricoh Americas Corporation today introduced two new color multifunction products (MFP) packing rich functionality into a compact footprint for smaller offices and workgroups.
The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 print 20 and 25 pages per minute respectively while making information work for customers with a wide range of cloud and mobility services. Through an intuitive home screen or optional Smart Operation Panel, the MFPs connect to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE), which offers an extensive menu of document storage, management and OCR services.
“In today’s dynamic work environment, nothing can be more frustrating than trying to access information that’s slightly out of reach,” said Jason Dizzine, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “That’s why we’re introducing two new MFPs with technology that helps customers access, transform and share information from anywhere, anytime.”
Take the lead in mobility
The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 offer more ways to access information and manage documents beyond the office. Mobile print users with wireless access can now utilize the free RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, which lets smartphone and tablet users seamlessly print and now scan directly from these new Ricoh MFPs to mobile devices, as well as send scanned data to or print from their cloud storage services. And while most mobile printing apps offer only basic printing functions, Ricoh’s new app enables users to choose orientation, duplexing, finishing, color/monochrome and more.
Innovation that makes a difference
With the RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 comes the introduction of the new Stapleless Finisher, an optional feature unique to Ricoh, which bonds as many as five pages together without any metal fasteners. In addition to being friendly to the environment, a stapleless bond is safer for situations where food, pharmaceuticals and other consumables are made. It is also ideal for schools and child care facilities or anywhere young children are present.
The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 further support sustainability with Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) values that are among the lowest in this MFP category at 0.72 and 0.91 kWh@h/week. Other environmentally friendly features include programmable shutdown and power-up, automated duplexing, innovative PxP-EQ toner (requires less heat than traditional toner), and an Eco-Friendly Indicator that coaches organizations to reduce paper consumption. The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 are Gold certified by the EPEAT green procurement program.
Media handling and image quality
While document functions are packed into a space saving design, the RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 let loose with support for a wide range of paper stock and sizes. Choose up to 300 gsm (169 gsm duplex) for media such as postcards, printed envelopes and posters while getting more coverage per print with paper sizes up to SRA3 (12.6 x 17.7 inches).
The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 offer image resolution up to 1,200 dpi with automatic color calibration for superior image quality on the fly. Standard automatic duplexing and a maximum paper capacity of up to 2,300 sheets help further simplify any print job, while optional internal finishing reduces the overall maximum footprint of the device.
Both MFPs are available today. The MP C2003 sells for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $6,890, and the MP C2503 sells for an MSRP of $9,330.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the company’s revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change.,Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
For further information, please visit

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lexmark Quarterly Business Roundup

Lexmark Quarterly Business Roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
News Facts
Corporate News
Lexmark's fourth quarter financial results were highlighted by double-digit revenue growth in the company's high value areas of Managed Print Services (MPS) and Perceptive Software, which comprised more than 25 percent of the company's total revenue in the quarter. Highlights also included a record gross profit margin percentage for the fifth consecutive year, solid cash generation and the ongoing execution of the company's capital allocation framework.
  • Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013. To access the earnings news release, click here, and for the earnings presentation, click here.
  • Lexmark's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share of Lexmark Class A Common Stock. The dividend is payable on March 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 3, 2014.   
  • After the close of the markets on Jan. 28, 2014, Lexmark entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement (ASR Agreement) with The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank). Pursuant to the terms of the ASR Agreement, the Company will purchase $21 million of the outstanding shares of its Class A Common Stock from Scotiabank. 
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