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The Great Office Supplies Caper

ITC '1106 Fallout and How it May Shape the Future of Distribution

by Ian M. Elliott | 4/2/19 7:33 AM

With much fanfare, 49 companies were named as respondents in what, shortly after its filing in February 2018, became known as the International Trade Commission '1106 investigation into patent infringement on the dongle gear structure used in...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Industry News, Intellectual Property

The Markman Order and an Emerging Expectation for Non-Infringement

by Ian M. Elliott | 3/6/19 7:38 AM

On Thursday February 28, 2019, the latest development in the ongoing legal battle between Canon and certain aftermarket manufacturers and distributors of alternative toner cartridges, involved in the '1106 ITC investigation took place. ALJ Dee Lord...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

How important is the inkjet & laser status-quo for your business?

by Ian M. Elliott | 9/18/18 7:39 AM

A value proposition consists of a combination of price, quality, and service, with consumers tending to gravitate toward what they perceive as the best proposition. The speed at which the gravitation takes place is dependent on increases in the...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Industry News, Intellectual Property

Why is a transition from laser to inkjet printers going to take place?

by Ian M. Elliott | 9/4/18 6:53 AM

Ever since the transformation from impact printing (typewriters, dot-matrix, etc.) to non-impact (ink and laser) took place during the 1980's and 1990's, the dominant technologies of ink and laser have been divided as such. Laser-based technology...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Is Canon's dongle gear complaint at the ITC set for early conclusion?

by Ian M. Elliott | 8/1/18 7:38 AM

Almost five months after the Canon complaint was lodged with the ITC back on February 28, 2018, a significant development occurred last Friday, July 27, 2018, with the issuance of the ITC Staff's brief in preparation for the Markman hearing on claim...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Why is a Fujifilm deal still the most likely outcome for Xerox?

by Ian M. Elliott | 6/1/18 7:46 AM

Following the extraordinary events that led up to the termination of the proposed merger of Xerox into Fuji Xerox, what could be next for a company facing serious risks of marginalization in a mature office products and equipment industry?

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Topics: Industry News

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: Business Transformation, Industry News

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