Bloomberg News reports that Eastman Kodak Co. suffered a negative ruling after a two-year legal fight against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. over a patent for digital image-preview technology. Thomas Pender, a U.S. International Trade Commission Judge, ruled that RIM and Apple did not violate Kodak’s rights because the patent in question is not valid.
According to the Bloomberg report, pointing to a bankruptcy court filing, Kodak contends that Apple owes it more than $1 billion in damages for infringement of this and other digital capture patents.
Kodak publically announced plans to sell key components of its patent portfolio, as a means to help it through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which the company filed for in January 2012.
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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) presented Cascades Fine Papers Group of Saint-Jerome, Quebec, with its annual Design for Recycling Award. According to ISRI, the Design for Recycling Award candidates “must demonstrate progress towards ensuring that the products they build and create can be recycled safely and economically,” by eliminating materials that impede recycling, increasing the recyclable yield of materials, and/or increasing the use of recycled materials in manufacturing.
Cascades earned its ISRI award by developing and implementing a 100 percent Recycled and Recyclable Ream Wrapper for its fine paper that eliminates plastic contaminants, reduces waste, and turns waste that would have ended up in a landfill into a recyclable commodity.
"Having to discard the wrapper because it contaminated the paper recycling process was an issue for us,” said Julie Loyer, Communication and Sustainable Development Advisor at Cascades Specialty Products Group. “We created a multidisciplinary team to find a solution and we created a packaging that is as environmentally friendly as the paper it wraps."
Past winners of the Design for Recycling Award include Wind Simplicity, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, The Herman Miller Company, Hewlett Packard and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Most companies and design engineers are rightly concerned with things like consumer needs, production costs, energy efficiency, and safety," said ISRI President Robin Wiener. "But rarely do you find companies that put emphasis on what happens to their products when they have reached the end of their useful life. It is evident that Cascades is one such company that is concerned with overall life cycle of their products and producer product responsibility."
Agfa Graphics' manufacturing facility in Branchburg, New Jersey, has been recognized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for its commitment to the environment. The Branchburg plant is the company's largest manufacturing location in North America.
Agfa was cited for its "voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future." The state recognition looks at categories like environmental policy, materials conservation, and hazardous materials reduction.
The NJDEP report specifically noted Agfa’s work to reduce water usage, decreasing manufacturing waste, line operating efficiencies, and for lowering power consumption through energy-efficient lighting.
"Sustainability is part of our strategy," said Jonathan Ashton, VP of Operations, Agfa Graphics North America. "We are committed to systematically improving the cost and environmental performance of our products and operations.”
Print Three Corporation has won a Silver award at the 2012 Canadian Franchise Association National Convention. The company was awarded under the Traditional Franchises: Mature/Established category.
John Crosfield, one of printing’s modern-era pioneers, passed away last week at age 96. Founding Crosfield Electronics after the Second World War, he became a pivotal figure in developing the application of electronics to all aspects of colour printing.
A Cambridge-educated engineer, Crosfield founded his own company in 1947. He initially designed and manufactured printing press automatic control equipment to ensure that the four printing colours registered accurately on top of one another. The resulting product, called Autotron, greatly improved print quality and reduced material waste. Autotron was rapidly adopted by printers around the world.
Crosfield Electronics then played a leading role in the introduction of colour scanning, phototypesetting and later the automated composition of pages incorporating pictures and text. In 1959, John Crosfield then spearheaded the development of the first colour scanner, the Scanatron, which analyzed original colour pictures into their four printing colours and exposed a single colour image onto glass photographic plates for the later production of the four colour printing plates. This technology then morphed into the Diascan with the arrival of polyester-based photographic film.
In 1969, the company introduced the world’s first enlarging and reducing drum scanner, the Magnascan 450. This machine had the ability to make fully colour adjusted and corrected screened, or continues tone colour separations, to a required size, in a single step. These early scanners used analogue and valve electronics. In 1975, Crosfield Electronics launched the Magnascan 550. This was the world’s first digital scanner controlled by computer with all the separation and correction process performed in the computer followed closely by the first electronic page composition system.
Based on Crosfield Electronics’ success, a spin-off company was formed, called Crosfield Business Machines, which developed banknote inspection, counting and sorting machines. John Crosfield and the company’s efforts were recognized with four Queens Awards for both Exports and Technology.
In 1974, John Crosfield sold Crosfield Electronics to The De La Rue Company, which was interested in the banknote handling machines and to understand the colour scanning technology. He continued for many years as a non-executive board member of De La Rue.
In 2000, the John Crosfield Foundation was started as a charitable trust that assists underprivileged young people with bursaries in furthering their education in the Graphic Arts.
Douglas Holmes, founder of Markham, Ontario-based Holmes: The Finishing House, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was 81 years old.
Dearly loved husband of the late Beverley Holmes (2009). Loved and cherished Dad of Cathy and her husband Danny Zerdin, Heather Holmes, Kelly and her husband Randy Cosgrove, Karen and her husband Matthew Fretz, Bob Holmes and his wife Julie and Kim and her husband Calvin Bryant. Loved Poppy (Gramps) of Christopher (Nicole), Kyle (Dana), Carolyn, Courtney, Natalie, Bryanna, Jessica, Michelle, Amanda, Ben, Josh, Zach, Jenna, Jaydon and Rachael. Great-Poppy of Carley.
Friends and family will be received at BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday (February 10th).
A funeral service honouring Douglas' life will be held in Barnes Chapel on Saturday February 11th at 11:00 am.
The family will be receiving guests on Saturday at 10:00 am.
Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery.
In memory of Douglas, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences can be left at the Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Website.
David Thorn, President of The Arthur Press and W.R. Drapers, passed away on Wednesday in Barrie, Ontario. He was 68.
Click here to view the Book of Memories for David Thorn at Wards Funeral Home's website.
The OPP will continue investigating the threat, which arrived at Vistaprint via a letter.
A story by investigative journalist Nicholas Stein can be found here.
Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerography, has been inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame. He was honored for his process of plain paper copying that revolutionized communications.
The hall of fame recognizes individuals who, through their inventions, initiative and efforts, have helped the world's paper industry flourish.Previous inductees included Johann Gutenberg and Kimberly-Clark Corp. founder John A. Kimberly
Carlson patented the copying concept in 1937, and in 1944 teamed with the Battelle Institute in Ohio to develop the technology. In 1947 he formed a licensing agreement with the Haloid Corporation (which later became Xerox Corporation). The world's first plain paper copier, the Xerox 914, was launched in 1959.
According to Xerox, in 1955, four years before the introduction of the Xerox
914, 20 million copies were made worldwide; in 1964, five years
after the Xerox 914 was introduced, 9.5 billion copies were made
worldwide, almost all xerographic. That number grew to 550 billion
copies in 1984, and today trillions of copies are made around the world
The inspiration for a copying machine came to Carlson while he was in law school, forced to copy books longhand because he could not afford to purchase them. He had a bachelor's degree in physics from California Institute of Technology and also obtained a law degree from New York Law School in 1939. He died in 1968 in New York City.
Raymond Russell, who worked for four decades in Canada’s printing industry, passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi).
Based in what is now the Greater Toronto Area, Russell began his career with the Salvation Army Printing Department before moving to York Litho to undertake an apprenticeship in lithography. He became a journeymen lithographic film stripper.
In 1972, Russell took on a sales position with McCutcheon Graphics, which was later purchased by Fuji Graphic Systems. He spent 32 years with this company in sales, management and national technical marketing positions. Russell had been retired for a number of years before his passing.
Outside of the office, Russell is remembered for his passion for music, fishing, hockey, and baseball.
Visit Dignity Memorial for more information about Mr. Russell or to leave condolences for the family.
Lance Doty, a long-time member of the Toronto graphic arts community, has passed away. Doty succumbed to complications related to lung cancer, which he had overcome twice previously. He was 59.
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