Good news for Hewlett Packard, who said it has reached a settlement agreement with Print-Rite Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based firm accused of running afoul of HP's inkjet cartridge patents.
"We are pleased with this amicable settlement, which serves as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to protecting HP's investments in intellectual property," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Web Services Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.
As dictated by the settlement, Print-Rite legally acknowledges that HP's patents are valid and agrees to stop selling products involved in the dispute.
HP settled similar patent disputes with three other firms last month, and is in the process of settling numerous complaints with other companies that sell similar inkjet cartridges.
If you don't put much thought into the font you're using, maybe you should. That is, if you want to save money. But don't take our word for it - just ask the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who claims to have found a way to cut costs by changing the font in email.
So what's the big fonting deal? According to the Wisconsin college, the switch from the default font (Arial) to Century Gothic will cut back on the amount of ink required when students print out an email. And not just by a little bit, but about 30 percent less ink, says Diane Blohowiak, the school's director of computing.
According to Blowowiak, the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon, so both the students and the school stand to save a lot of money. More than just about cutting costs, the font switch is also part of the school's five-year plan to go green.
We knew printer ink was expensive, we just never bothered to put it into perspective before. And now we don't have to, because somebody else already did, and the comparisons are pretty eye-popping.
In a graphic comparing the "relative price of different liquids," a single mL of HP black ink #45 runs about $0.70. That's nearly twice as much as a mL of blood, which according to the data runs less than $0.40. It's also almost 14 times more expensive than Penicillin, which runs a little over $0.05 per mL.
So there you have it. Assuming the numbers are accurate, penny pinchers may be better off pricking their finger and refilling those empty ink cartridges with their own blood (please don't try this). Of course, there's always generic ink, which while usually significantly cheaper than "genuine" ink from the printer's manufacturer, have also been known to clog print heads.
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The prevailing zeitgeist has got people adamant upon conserving as much as possible and that obsession manifests in ways you don’t generally expect. A Dutch firm, Spranq, has come up with a font that can save ink consumption by 20%. The secret of the font, aptly titled Ecofont, lies in the fact that every character is pocked with holes galore. And quite obviously, rocket scientists, this implies that less ink is required to print a character compared to a generic font devoid of holes. The innovative font can be downloaded free of cost.