Despite recent debate to the contrary, disruptive innovation is alive and well in our industry Earlier this summer, several articles emerged in the popular press that took hard looks at the conventional thinking in the business world about disruptive innovation and the validity of the well-established theory of a regular procession of industry leaders being
It is almost the fourth of July. It is finally summer. Most of you are probably thinking about heading to the beach or pool, family cookouts, and other fun seasonal activities. The last thing you or I want to think about is U.S. law pertaining to patent exhaustion. Because that sounds just exhausting, doesn’t it?
When I read the news of the merger between Clover Technologies and MSE last week (see “Clover and MSE Announce Strategic Merger”), I was surprised but not shocked. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is nothing new in the aftermarket supplies industry. Particularly over the last few years most of us have gotten used to seeing
I received word yesterday that the two largest remanufacturers in the United States, Clover Technology and Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE), are merging. After witnessing a lot of M&A activity over the past year or so, I was aware that the urge to merge was strong within the third-party supplies industry. Heck, I’ve even predicted several
As I was writing the latest in a long line of stories about mobile printing, I had an epiphany. No—epiphany isn’t the right word. It was exactly the opposite of an epiphany, really. It was a long-held belief cementing itself in my brain. It was the belief that mobile printing will never really happen. Now,
Actionable Intelligence is thrilled to officially welcome its newest member. Amy Weiss has joined Actionable Intelligence as an editor for our website. In this capacity, Ms. Weiss researches and writes articles on a wide range of topics of interest to the printer hardware and consumables industries. She started contributing articles to the Actionable Intelligence website
In the be-careful-what-you ask-for category, put “Hey Canon, Why No ITC Complaint.” Just this March, I was wondering (aloud unfortunately) why Canon hadn’t filed a patent-infringement complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission to accompany the 11 lawsuits it filed in January in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (see
At the end of January, Canon filed 11 patent-infringement lawsuits against 18 companies that manufacture or sell third-party toner cartridges for various Canon and HP-branded laser printers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (see “Here We Go Again: Canon Sues Firms for Infringing Various Gear and Drum Patents”). What
As reported by Actionable Intelligence on February 5 (see “Here We Go Again: Canon Sues Firms for Infringing Various Gear and Drum Patents), attorneys for Canon filed complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 29, accusing 18 companies of infringing patents found in certain Canon-manufactured toner cartridges.
With another year behind us, it is always interesting to think about what might lie ahead for the imaging market in 2014. There is little doubt that the printing business will remain as challenging as ever in the coming year as alternative methods for information consumption continue to restrict the need for print. Concern about