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The Great Office Supplies Caper

Office Depot CompuCom Results & Pointers for Independent Resellers

by Ian M. Elliott | 5/14/18 7:43 AM

On May 9, 2018, Office Depot released its first quarter 2018 earnings, its first full quarter results since completing the acquisition of CompuCom in November 2017. We've published numerous articles about the $25 billion plus of annual U.S. sales...

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Topics: Industry News, Business Transformation

The SP Richards and Essendant Merger & What it Means for Resellers!

by Ian M. Elliott | 5/2/18 7:38 AM

On April 12, 2018, the office products industry finally learned what many had long predicted; that Essendant and SP Richards had agreed to merge their businesses into a single entity with a combined $7 billion in annual sales. Most were probably...

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Topics: Industry News

The Latest Round of Dongle Gear Litigation

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/20/18 5:48 AM

Subsequent to Canon's announcement on March 2, 2018 that it had filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging patent infringement by 49 manufacturers, distributors, and resellers on certain laser cartridges used...

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Topics: Intellectual Property, Industry News

The US ITC 337-TA-1106 Investigation Timeline and the Markman Hearing.

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/16/18 7:33 AM

The ITC investigation '1106 instituted March 29, 2018 has started at a fast pace. On April 5, 2018, within a week of institution, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Sandra (Dee) Lord issued order No.3 establishing the timeline for the investigation...

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Topics: Intellectual Property

Canon, Generic Printer Cartridges and the ITC!

by Merritt R. Blakeslee | 4/9/18 7:44 AM

Canon has recently filed its third complaint within the last six years at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Canon is alleging infringement of its intellectual property rights covering the dongle gear and associated components used in...

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Topics: Intellectual Property

The Dongle Gear Respondents in the 2014 Vs. 2018 ITC Investigations

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/4/18 7:49 AM

There are similarities between the 2014 ('918) ITC investigation and the new 2018 ('1106) ITC investigation as both involve the dongle gear assembly used in certain Canon original and aftermarket alternative laser cartridges. The new complaint...

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Topics: Intellectual Property, Industry News

The Dongle Gear, its Priority Date & Implications for the Aftermarket!

by Ian M. Elliott | 3/21/18 7:53 AM

Market exclusivity obtained through patent protection can lead to significant economic benefits because the inventor is provided with a monopoly over the invention for the 20 year period of the patent protection. Maximizing the scope of patent...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

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