February 24, 2014
The OEM is attempting to patent the process of refilling an inkjet cartridge in Europe.
Epson’s patent application, EP 2 669 092 A2, holds significance for the refilling industry in Europe, as it relates to a method of refilling ink in an inkjet cartridge, with a translucent part of the cartridge allowing a refiller to see how much ink remains within the cartridge.
This document could become important for refillers and remanufacturers in future, as it seeks to patent the method of refilling of this particular cartridge. Epson is not the first OEM to apply for or be granted a patent relating to refilling or remanufacturing a cartridge: Brother on two occasions and Canon have patented remanufacturing methods for certain cartridges in Europe.
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February 13, 2014
Epson announced that it has joined the Mopria Alliance, an organisation of OEMs “working to promote the expansion of mobile printing”, which was set up in September 2013 and includes Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox among its membership.
Epson noted that the alliance was formed to “bring together the mobile, software and print industries with the goal of aligning standards that ensure printing is universally compatible from any mobile device to any printer, anywhere”. With 50 billion mobile devices estimated to be in use by 2020, the alliance is “focused on making wireless printing […] simple and standardised”.
The OEM also stated that the alliance’s aims include “breaking down barriers between brands by eliminating the need for users to download multiple print solutions”, or print drivers, as well as “creating a better, easier and more accessible user experience” in addition to “using Mopria as a way to educate consumers and businesses” about mobile printing.
Ian Cameron, Global Communications at Epson, stated: “The Mopria Alliance is dedicated to advancing mobile printing to allow busy people on-the-go to conveniently print wherever or whenever, regardless of brand or operating system. Epson is committed to making printing as easy as possible for its customers, and is honoured to collaborate with like-minded organisations to improve how we meet and anticipate customer needs in today’s increasing mobile culture.”
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February 4, 2014
The agreement between the two companies will “optimise the data collection process” for Epson’s business printers, with the PrintFleet software able to “accurately and rapidly collect, analyse and deliver data” from the business machines to Epson’s MPS systems.
The two companies noted that this will make it “optimal for IT network professional and dealers […] to remotely monitor and manage” printer fleets in MPS programmes, with the PrintFleet software enabling the software company to “remotely monitor all of the printing, imaging and copying devices” in a printer fleet in “real-time”, allowing for changes to be made instantly.
Alfredo Soto, Group Manager for New Printing Solutions at Epson America, stated: “Through this joint effort, resellers and distributors can enhance their customer offerings, enabling ease-of-management and the ability to provide more intelligent data collection and analytics of their print environment. PrintFleet’s comprehensive and scalable data collection technology enables our reseller partners to deliver new levels of service, ultimately helping increase printing reliability and cost savings.”
David Morrow, Chief Commercial Officer at PrintFleet, added: “As a marketplace leader, Epson has always delivered high quality, cost-effective business imaging solutions. The difference now is that both companies’ engineering teams are working together to ensure that PrintFleet’s software collects accurate and comprehensive Epson device data. We are confident this enhanced collaboration will benefit the reseller community with reduced costs, improved service levels and more effective MPS deployments.”
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December 13, 2013
President of OEM says Epson is to move beyond its traditional product range and is developing 3D printers for commercial applications.
The Age reported on an interview conducted by Fairfax Media in which Epson President Minoru Usui spoke of striving for originality and looking into new types of products, as he reportedly stated that other technology companies such as Apple and Samsung lack “originality”.
Usui used the two companies’ smartphone models as an example, commenting that “if you take them apart then you’ll find that they’re basically all using the same displays, they’re using the same batteries, the same condensers, the same parts”.
He then went on to assert that Epson plans to focus on “actual originality” and on creating “things that other companies simply cannot”; listing wearable technology and 3D printing as areas of interest for the company.
In terms of 3D printers, Usui explained that Epson would be focused on commercial applications for large-scale production environments rather than models aimed at the consumer market, which he described as “niche” and “very limited” due to the types of materials they can use to create objects. He added that he did not expect the consumer 3D printing market to become “all that big” and believes that interest in the market would be “temporary”, claiming that it had been encouraged by a speech made by US President Obama in February in which 3D printing was mentioned.
Usui also talked about Epson’s foray into the wearable technology market, which he said would be “a big area of expansion” for the company. “We’re aiming to create products that will be able to illustrate what’s happening inside your body […] so you can track changes over time,” he said. ”As far as I’m aware there are no products on the market today that can achieve this by simply just using sensors.”
Lightweight, augmented reality headgear is another area that Epson is focused on, with Usui claiming that “the scope for products like this is immense in various applications”.
Usui said: “I don’t want Epson to be just known as a printer maker or projector maker […] I want to take it to be a company [that] understands [what] people in different areas of the world want.”
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December 6, 2013
The announcement outlined the support from the OEM for Amazon’s Kindle Fire Printing solution, which is contained within the company’s Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, allowing users to print directly to Epson Connect-enabled printers, “making it easier than ever for users to wirelessly print documents, photos, appointments and emails”.
The new tablets are the first Amazon devices to offer built-in wireless printing, with a free built-in viewer application that allows users to “preview Microsoft Office files and print instantly” to save “valuable time and money”. The two tablet models simply require a free operating system upgrade, the Fire OS 3.1 release, and once this is installed, the wireless printing “can be set up in a matter of seconds”.
Ian Cameron, General Manager of Sales and Marketing Support at Epson, stated: “Amazon just gave mobile productivity a huge boost, enabling Kindle Fire users to go beyond leisure and entertainment and use their tablets to stay connected and get the job done.
“Collaboration and innovation are an important part of Epson’s strategy to drive home and business productivity via powerful mobile printing solutions across a range of devices and platforms. Today’s on-the-go users require multifunctional, easy-to-use options, and support of the new family of Kindle Fire tablets provides yet another convenient and powerful way to access, share and print from anywhere.”
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November 21, 2013
The OEM’s two new launches are released in the USA and Philippines respectively.
Consumer Electronics Net reported first on the US release of the Epson Expression Premium XP-610, a “small-in-one” inkjet machine that can wirelessly connect to Google Chromebook laptops for printing, scanning and other functions. The machine, set to be exclusively available at US retailer Best Buy, also offers cloud functionality.
The printer is the “first […] to integrate” with Chromebooks in such a way, with Epson America’s Patrick Chen, Product Manager of Mobile Connectivity, stating: “Working closely with Google, we’ve made it easier than ever to setup and then print from your Chromebook no matter where you are. Chromebooks are one of the fastest growing segments of the PC industry and expanding wireless printing convenience directly enhances creativity and productivity for home, school and business users.”
Manila Standard Today meanwhile reported on the launch of two Epson wide-format sign printers in the Philippines, both of which utilise 1.5 litre high-capacity ink tanks. The SureColor SC-B6070 and SCB7070 feature sizes of 44 inches and 64 inches respectively, and are said by the OEM to be used for “high quality indoor signage printing” using its dye-based inks.
The tanks “can be refilled even while the printers are in operation”, Epson notes, and “represent a superior solution to third-party ink tanks that are not made by the original printer manufacturer”. The OEM has also noted that “there is no warranty coverage for their installation or else when non-original inks cause damage”, with both machines utilising Epson’s Micro Piezo thin film printhead.
Other features included in the two machines are a print resolution of 1440 x 1400dpi, as well as print speeds of up to 69.5 square metres per hour. The ink tanks also feature filters “to prevent contamination of the printhead”, and the machines also utilise a “low ink level warning system” to prevent misprints. The SC-B6070 and SC-B7070 are available for Php 340,900 ($7,793/€5,802) and Php 799,900 ($18,270/€13,614) respectively.
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November 21, 2013
Asia One reported that Fuji Xerox and its affiliates are to donate ¥10 million ($99,000/€74,000) towards relief efforts in the Philippines following the mass destruction and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the region on 8 November.
An internal call for donations will be held by the OEM’s Singapore office on 28 November to help staff members who have been affected by the typhoon, which resulted in thousands of deaths and the destruction of homes.
Bert Wong, CEO of Fuji Xerox Singapore, expressed condolences to the victims in a statement, which read: “Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines who have been impacted by this devastating typhoon”.
Fuji Xerox has been operating in the Philippines for over 45 years; with the OEM adding that its facilities in the region remain intact, with IT systems running as normal.
Meanwhile Epson has also announced that it has increased the amount of aid it had initially pledged following the typhoon “in view of the extent of devastation” caused, with the company now donating Php 4.2 million ($96,000/€71,000) towards the recovery efforts in the Philippines.
The aid consists of a Php 2 million ($46,000/€34,000) donation by Epson’s affiliates in the Philippines, Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. and Epson Philippines Corporation, and Seiko Epson Corporation; and a Php 2.2 million ($50,000/€37,000) donation by Epson employees in the Philippines. It has been presented by the OEM’s Global President, Minoru Usui, to the Philippines Business for Social Progress, which is providing relief and recovery assistance to the typhoon-affected areas.
Epson had originally pledged a donation of Php2 million, but had added that it would “consider further support when the full affects of the typhoon are known”; with Canon also donating ¥10 million ($100,359/€74,971 to the cause.
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November 12, 2013
Both Canon and Epson have expressed their condolences to those affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines, which struck on 8 November and resulted in the loss of over 10,000 lives and the destruction of homes; with the OEMs donating money to help relief efforts being undertaken in the area.
Canon stated that it will donate ¥10 million ($100,359/€74,971) to the cause, while Php2 million ($45,903/€34,220) will be donated by Epson through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a local NPO.
A statement from Canon read: “We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this catastrophe and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Although the road to recovery will be challenging and take time, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process”.
Epson meanwhile stated: “Epson wishes to extend its sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster”. The OEM added that it “will consider extending further support when the full effects of the typhoon are known.
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October 22, 2013
Epson and Canon have both pledged their support to earthquake relief efforts on the Filipino island of Bohol, which experienced a huge earthquake last Tuesday that has so far claimed 183 lives, with 583 injured and 13 missing. 8,500 homes are said to have been destroyed and more than 370,000 people were forced to leave their homes for their own safety.
Epson stated that it “wishes to extend its sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster”, and donated Php 1 million ($23,100/€16,933) to relief efforts through the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a local non-profit organisation. Epson employees based in the region are planning in turn to help distribute relief goods.
Canon in turn noted that it “extend[s] [its] heartfelt condolences to all those affected”, adding that “while we realise the road to recovery will be challenging and time-consuming, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process”. The OEM also pledged a donation through the Philippine Red Cross of Php 1.3 million ($30,100/€22,013) to relief efforts.
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October 15, 2013
Epson explained that the international environment surrounding IP has been undergoing “significant change” in recent years due to “the acceleration of the globalisation of economic activity” which has seen emerging economies such as China applying for more and more patents and an increasing number of lawsuits concerning IP occurring in these countries.
As a result, the OEM said that companies like itself are looking to create “worthwhile” IP to “protect their businesses and to increase the motivation of employees”. It added that it is “necessary to erect barriers” protecting Epson’s technologies through “strong” IP, which the company said is “an important and current future management resource”.
IP actions taken by Epson, the company said, are guided by the encouragement of inventions that help increase the value of its products and services; the protection and strategic employment of inventions; the protection of IP by taking action against third parties who infringe Epson’s patents; and the respect of patents of third parties, ensuring that Epson’s business activities do not infringe them.
Explaining the concept and strategy of its IP programme, Epson listed four main components: a portfolio strategy; IP usage strategy; the provision of an IP programme platform; and the newly developed Dolphin Project, which is described as “a strategic IP programme that provides developers with IP tools and total support” in selecting “development projects based on analyses of patent applications by others”. Epson added that maintaining a balanced approach to conducting these four actions will contribute to “stable high profit margins”.
In terms of where Epson is ranked regarding the number of patents it has registered in different countries, in 2012 it was 13th in Japan, 12th in the US and 15th in China; with the company also adding that “a lot of stress is being placed on overseas applications” such as the US and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China). In recognition of its technological contributions to the industry, Epson has also received a number of awards, including the Japan Patent Attorneys Association President’s Award and the Inventor’s Award at the 2012 National Commendation for Invention.
Globally, Epson claims to have 50,000 registered patents overall as it becomes increasingly important to register patents in emerging economies like China. To further motivate developers to create more patents, Epson has introduced initiatives to improve the ability of engineers to create and refine inventions, such as teaching them how to write proposals. This also incorporates the aforementioned Dolphin Project, which aims to “ensure industry-leading intellectual property capabilities at the commercialisation stage”.
A further IP action Epson is taking is the planned acquisition of “Brilliant Patents”, which are “key patents that hinder the manoeuvrability of competitors”. The OEM hopes to acquire a certain number of these in each of its businesses and technologies to “increase our competitive advantage in intellectual property and to help increase business profit margins”.
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