Epson releases new InkTank in India

July 28, 2016

The OEM launched the Epson LS55 MFP device for the Indian

The MFP features ADF, WiFi, networking, fax and duplex functions and is aimed at accomplishing “cost effective speed and quality” reported Dataquest. The printer is said to be “ideal for office and commercial” use and prints colour documents with “sharp text and images”, while black prints are “water and smudge resistant” and a 4,800 dpi “high resolution output”.

There is easy access to shared and mobile printing, and Wi-Fi Direct enables connectivity to four devices to the printer “without a router”, but it also comes with Ethernet connection, allowing sharing in a work group. Print speeds are up to 13.7ipm for standard print and 33ppm for draft print with Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, with duplex printing up to 6.5ipm, which reduces waste of paper.

The ADF unit is equipped with 30-sheets and the L655’s “broadcast fax and PC-fax functions” enable users to send a fax with their computer. There is a 100-page fax storage memory so that incoming faxes can be stored even when there is no paper or ink. The model is compact and uses Epson genuine ink bottles to “deliver high quality and high volume printing”, and each bottle is sealed “to ensure the purity of the ink”, while an Epson smart tip ensures mess-free refilling.

Mr. Siva Kumar, Deputy General Manager of Inkjet Printers at Epson India, commented: “Epson’s InkTank printers have been a runway success in India. The corporate and office segment has been asking for an InkTank printer with duplex printing capabilities, ADF and in-built fax. With the L655 we answer this need. We expect Epson’s InkTank printers to become even more widely accepted and preferred over laser printers in office environments going forward now.”





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Epson posts poor quarterly results

July 28, 2016

Epson logoThe OEM saw both revenue and profit fall year-over-year for the first quarter of 2016.

The results saw the OEM reveal that revenue had fallen from ¥260.9 billion ($2.4 billion/€2.2 billion) to ¥239 billion ($2.3 billion/€2 billion), a drop of 8.4 percent compared to the first quarter in 2015. Additionally, profit before tax fell from ¥16 billion ($152 million/€137 million) in 1Q2015 to ¥4.2 billion ($40.8 million/€36 million), a drop of 60.3 percent on the same period last year, while business profit fell 60.8 percent from ¥16.5 billion ($157.4 million/€141.7 million) to ¥6.4 billion ($62.8 million/€54.9million).

In May, the OEM reported mixed yearly results, with revenue increasing year-over-year by 0.6 percent, from ¥1.086 trillion ($10.008 billion/€8.756 billion) to ¥1.092 trillion ($10.064 billion/€8.805 billion), though profit fell from ¥101 billion ($933 million/€816 million) to ¥84,951,000,000 ($782 million/€684 million), a drop of 16.1 percent.

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Epson ink tanks succeed in Kenya

July 15, 2016

Kenya is named as the leading country in sales of ink tank printers in Africa.

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AllAfrica reported that Epson had reached their target of 15 million sales, as previously reported by The Recycler, with Mukesh Bector, Regional Sales Manager for Epson East Africa, noting that “since setting up in this market in 2011, Epson’s strategy has always been focused on real business concerns such as the day-to-day costs of running a printer, as opposed to price”.

He added that “in a span of three years, ITS printers have become the most popular printers for small businesses, and have consistently guaranteed the lowest cost of printing in the market without compromising on quality. The results are evident in our growth”. Bector also said that “Kenya has been a huge success for us, to date, Kenya is the leading country in the uptake of ITS printers in Africa, with local sales last year standing at over 10,000 units”.

The ink tank printers “have been especially successful with SMEs in market due to additional capabilities such as Wi-Fi direct, printing from non-traditional products such as mobile phones as well as cloud printing capabilities to ensure businesses run as smoothly as possible. With a constantly evolving business landscape, Epson is committed to investing and expanding its presence in the market and providing product solutions relevant to its consumers”.


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Epson journeys to Antarctica

July 11, 2016

The OEM took its high capacity ink tank printer to Antarctica to test its reliability in extreme conditions.antartica

Having tested the printer and EcoTank in remote settings in Latin America, the OEM then ventured to the Argentine Antarctic and Base Marambio, which is the “southernmost point in the Americas”. The L355 was sent to the base in October 2014, and Juan Carlos Lujan, President of Fundacion Marambio, said that “it has been over a year and a half of daily use without refilling and working properly. They never had to worry about the ink, which seemed endless”.

At the base, scientific research is carried out, and the hard conditions mean that it is not always possible to have “frequent access to the base and limits the possibilities of those who live there to receive supplies and spare parts for their equipment”. The EcoTank devices replace normal cartridges with ink bottles but are able to maintain the same “printing quality” while costing less.

A member of the Annual Antartic team said: “We have accepted the EcoTank Challenge because with temperatures of 30 degrees below zero and strong winds, we do not have to worry about refilling ink. And we have not been disappointed about that.”





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Epson America releases three new wide-formats

July 6, 2016

Epson's SureColor P6000

Epson’s SureColor P6000

The SureColor P-series of devices come under the ‘Designer Edition’ banner, and are aimed at “creative professionals”.


In a press release, the OEM revealed that the SureColor P800, P6000 and P8000 Designer Editions feature respective widths of 17 inches, 24 inches and 44 inches,  and integrate EFI’s Fiery eXpress RIP (raster image processor) for “graphic design and photography professionals”. The machines also include “accurate colour matching for process colour (CMYK), spot colours and RGB”, alongside the PANTONE Plus Spot Color library.

The machines feature “five methods” to print, including ‘Hot Folder’, ‘Virtual Printer’, ‘Unidriver’, eXpress RIP and ‘Drag and Drop’, with the first allowing for files to be saved directly to the printer before being printed. The second allows for files to be sent from an app, while the third prints directly from an app with extra custom functions, and the fourth uses the software for multiple formats; finally, the fifth allows for files to be dragged directly “to the job list”.

The P800 machine utilises Epson’s MicroPiezo AMC printhead technology, eight colours in UltraChrome HD inkjet and individual 80 millilitre high-capcaity inkjet cartridges, while the P6000 and P8000 feature a PrecisionCore TFP printhead, the same inks and further media handling options. All three machines are now available, with the P800 Designer Edition costing $1,495 (€1,350), the P6000 costing $3,495 (€3,157) and the P8000 $5,495 (€4,963).

Larry Kaufman, Product Manager of Professional Imaging for Epson America, commented: “The SureColor P-Series Designer Edition printers enable graphic designers to print the way they want with accurate results. With true Adobe PostScript, seamless RGB and CMYK colour management and nesting of files to optimize media usage, the new SureColor Designer Edition printers offer advanced capabilities for producing unparalleled output from a broad range of applications.”

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Epson ink tanks reach 15 million sales

July 6, 2016

Tepsoninktankgraphhe OEM revealed that since being launched in 2010, the machines have reached the global sales milestone.

In a press release, the OEM revealed the sales figures, stating that the figures prove “the success of this revolutionary new system”, having been first launched in October 2010 in the Indonesian market. After their introduction, the devices have been released in 150 other nations and regions, which Epson pointed out “highlight[s] the positive response”. The machines have “made a significant impression on the market”, the OEM claimed, particularly in emerging markets.

In these areas, the machines’ sales have “accounted for approximately” 10 percent of total sales of inkjet and laser printers, equating to around 45 million units, and Epson predicts “strong continued sales growth with global annual sales projected to account for nearly 40 percent of the total sales of Epson inkjet printers”, compared to 30 percent and 35 percent in previous years. It had revealed earlier this year that in India alone it had sold over one million ink tank devices.

The OEM mentioned that it “believes the success of the high-capacity ink tank printers is due to a number of factors”, including that the tanks are “purpose-built and fully integrated, which means that they provide a mess-free and reliable solution” as well as being convenient because the user “can fill [the tanks] and print thousands of pages without interruption” or replacing cartridges. Cost-effectiveness was also named, and the “ultra-low-cost per print”.

Koichi Kubota, Director, Managing Executive Officer and COO of Epson’s Printer Operations Division stated: “With 15 million units sold, we’re proud to say that this new concept has proven a success. At Epson, we’ve always valued the importance of offering customers a wide range of choice so that they can find a product that suits their individual needs. We identified a unique market opportunity; customers looking for a purpose-built, reliable, cost-effective and high-volume printing solution. Our innovative high-capacity ink tank printers provide the answer, and the figures testify to that.”

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Epson continues fight against counterfeiting in Mumbai

June 27, 2016

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A number of raids have been carried out in India to prevent further manufacturing of fake ink.

The OEM has been working closely with Mumbai police to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit products which violate “intellectual property rights” reported Indiainfoline . These factories are involved in “filling, bottling, packaging and distributing” fake Epson ink in Mumbai, and Epson have said that they are sending a “strong message of zero tolerance towards the sale of fake cartridges”.

The information gathered by the “Epson vigilance team” was shared with the police in areas around the country, and due to this police raided a building in Wadala East in May, arresting the dealer, named as Narayan. He was charged with “counterfeiting and violating intellectual property rights” after police found 560 ink bottles that were packaged and marked with the OEM’s name. These were seized, as were other manufacturing tools and machinery that were used in counterfeiting Epson’s cartridges.

A spokesman for Epson said: “The Mumbai police deserves accolades for successfully conducting the counterfeit raid and limiting the damages to a bare minimum. They have supported Epson consistently in curbing this issue that we feel strongly about. We at Epson take great pride in our strict practice of following laws and regulations.

“Maintaining high standards of corporate ethics while encouraging everyone to respect the rights is the paramount objective at Epson. We will continue to take stringent measures against those that inappropriately use Epson’s patented technology.”

Epson said that it will continue to work with the police to shut down counterfeiters, and protect their customers and the businesses of authentic dealers. It reported on previous counterfeit raids in India in late April, as well as previous raids in Mumbai last November.

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Epson launches two wide-formats in USA

June 21, 2016

The two new models are part of the SureColor P-Series printers.

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The SureColor P10000 is 44 inches and the SureColor P20000 is 64 inches, and both are enhanced by PrecisionCore MicroTFP printheads, the OEM reported in a press release. They also feature a “new media feeding system and reformulated Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-colour pigment inks”, with imaging speeds of 1,311 square feet per hour.

Both have a “high resolution” of 2,400 x 1,200dpi, and within the pigment ink set there are “four levels of ‘grey ink technology’”. The SureColor SC-P10000 and SC-P20000 are respectively priced at $6,995 (€6169) and $11,995 (€10,579).

Larry Kaufman, Product Manager for Epson America, stated: “Leveraging superior printing technology, the new SureColor P-Series models push the boundaries of previous graphics, fine art and photographic printing capabilities. We’re excited to be shipping this new class of printers to our channel partners and customers and look forward to seeing how the print-on-demand and creative communities put these new tools to use, boosting productivity and uncovering new revenue opportunities.”



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CRN names Epson executive Woman of the Channel

June 17, 2016

Epson logoCRN’s The Channel Company added Patricia O’Brian to its esteemed list.

O’Brian, Director of Commercial Sales at Epson America Inc., was recognised for “her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation”, said a report from Benzinga. There was a long list of women executives but O’Brian was singled out for her contributions to “the growth and streamlining of channel partnerships, programmes and strategies”, as well as providing “end user teams with the ability to generate new opportunities with their accounts and cross sell all product[s]”.

Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, said “These executives have made a lasting mark on our industry – growing and elevating partner programmes, leading transitions to new business models and introducing cutting-edge go-to-market strategies, among other remarkable achievements. We congratulate all the 2016 Women of the Channel and celebrate their singular contributions to the advancement of the channel ecosystem.”

O’Brian said of the award: “I am honoured to be named a 2016 CRN Woman of the Channel, along with a continued effort in technology innovation and advancements, and strong channel partnerships, our goal is to implement ongoing improvement and growth to channel and end-user programmes, provide best-in-class support and an increased value in channel partnerships that can lead to long-term relationships.”



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Epson China cartridge case influences IP court

June 13, 2016

The OEM’s case against Zheng Yali in 2010 continues to have an effect over other Chinese cases.

The Supreme People's Court in China

The Supreme People’s Court in China

Mondaq hosted an article from the CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, discussing how a newer case, Shimano Inc. v. PRB, has been influenced by Zheng Yali v. Seiko Epson Corporation & PRB et al, a case which took place at the Supreme People’s Court of China in 2010. The Shimano case concluded in 2013, but the office has covered the ongoing importance of both cases, specifically the Epson one to this later matter.

The Shimano case concerned the bicycle manufacturer’s fight against the Patent Reaxamination Board (PRB), where in 2013 the Supreme Court sided with the PRB in terms of an “invalid” Chinese patent registered by Shimano, with the latter appealing the decision and asking for a retrial. What is key is that Shimano was found against because of “two amendments made to the claims”, and the CCPIT asked if the amendments “introduce new matters” not contained in the original case.

These changes were to wording of a number of terms, and the Epson case was referred to by the Supreme People’s Court in a move that the CCPIT says might show it is “changing [its] mind” on the issue of “new matter”, or amendments to patents. The law in question was Article 33, which had been “debated extensively for several years” even before the Epson case concluded in 2011.

Examination of amendments in that case were argued to have been “too strict”, while rejections were made “too readily”, with the law reading that “an applicant may amend his or its application for a patent, but the amendment to the application for a patent for invention or utility model may not go beyond the scope of disclosure contained in the initial description and claims, and the amendment to the application for a patent for design may not go beyond the scope of the disclosure as shown in the initial drawings or photographs”.

Amendments, the CCPIT notes, “may result in new matters”, and in summary, means that the court assesses “whether the technical solution/invention as a whole after amendment has been contained in the application documents”. The Epson case had concerned an inkjet cartridge patent, with the OEM appealing invalidation and winning, with a withdrawal of the invalidation.

However, one of the instigators, Zheng Yali, asked for a retrial in the Supreme People’s Court, though they saw the retrial request rejected. The court felt that while the amendments were allowed, the law also restricts them to applications, adding that the amendments “should be interpreted from the view of a person of ordinary skill in the art”, and stating that Epson’s changes were not confusing nor adding complexity

In the Shimano case, the court was seen to change its perspective, because the amendments in this case – similar to those in the Epson case – were denied by both the court and the PRB, with the CCPIT noting that “it seems that the court abandons” the ruling it had made previously, as well as not giving “a clear answer”, with the Epson case’s impact expected to continue to be seen in a “less stricter” interpretation of the laws – it does not expect the latest case to change that.

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