Roughly one year ago, Epson commenced a series of patent-infringement lawsuits in the United States aimed at cleaning up online marketplaces like Amazon of infringing cartridges. By mid-2017, the OEM had filed ten such cases against aftermarket supplies sellers. By October, Epson had reached settlement agreements with the defendants in five of these lawsuits, and
On December 6, Epson America announced a new model in its growing portfolio of A3 business inkjet MFPs for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and corporate environments: the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C17590. The WF-C17590 is an addition to Epson’s lineup and the second model introduced in in North America based on Epson’s PrecisionCore Line Head technology.
Last year, Epson filed suit against several companies and individuals in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, accusing them of running an inkjet cartridge counterfeiting ring after the OEM and U.S. Marshals raided the defendants’ premises and seized thousands upon thousands of what Epson believed to be counterfeit Epson inkjet cartridges and
In April, Ninestar asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to issue an advisory opinion on whether Ninestar’s remanufactured cartridges are outside the scope of a pair of general exclusion orders (GEOs) awarded to Epson. In mid-November, Epson and Ninestar reached a settlement agreement in this matter and asked the ITC to terminate the proceeding.
On November 29, International Data Corporation (IDC) released a summary of the latest findings from its “Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.” The research firm reports that in the third quarter of 2017 worldwide shipments of hardcopy peripherals (printers, copiers, MFPs) grew 1.0 percent year-over-year to reach nearly 25.3 million units. Q3 thus marks the fourth
In October and November, printer and copier OEMs reported quarterly financial results for the three-month period ended on September 30, 2017. For all the Japanese OEMs, except Canon, this period marked their fiscal second quarter. For Canon and Xerox, this period was the third quarter of the fiscal year that will end on December 31,
On November 21, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that hardcopy peripheral (printer and MFP) shipments in India reached a record high of 1.1 million units in the third quarter of 2017. IDC said Q3’s shipment total marks a 24.2 percent year-over-year increase, as well as a 57.2 percent increase over the roughly 714,000 units that
This December, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) had been scheduled to issue an advisory opinion as to whether certain Ninestar remanufactured inkjet cartridges were outside the scope of the general exclusion orders (GEOs) and cease-and-desist orders awarded to Epson by the ITC in the 337-TA-565 and 337-TA-946 investigations. That will no longer happen because
On September 28, Epson America announced a major update of its EcoTank line of “Supertank” inkjet all-in-ones. Epson was the first printer OEM to offer refillable ink tank printers, sometimes also called continuous ink-supply system (CISS) printers, in developing markets, and the EcoTank series represents its offerings for Western markets, including the United States. The
A United Kingdom-based digital privacy and free-speech organization has challenged Epson for forcing eBay resellers in Europe to delist compatible ink cartridges from the online retail site based on the OEM’s claims the cartridges “may” infringe its patents but without actual evidence they actually do infringe. According to Open Rights Group, Epson used its special