Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memjet vs. HP vs. Memjet - Brief update on court case

Just a very brief (and rather uninformative) update on the matter of Memjet vs. HP vs. Memjet re wide-format page-wide printing technology and patents thereon.

Per filings reported in the Pacer.gov system, this case is alive and well and moving forward. But, where it will end up, well, I’m not sure that, at this point in time, anyone could reasonably predict what the outcome of this case will be.

During April and May 2015, over 3,500 pages of briefs and exhibits were filed with the court re this case:


Filed May 12, 2016 - MEMJET’S OPENING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION BRIEF, main document and exhibits = 312 pages

Filed May 12, 2016 - HP INC.’S OPENING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION BRIEF, main document and exhibits = 98 pages

Filed May 20, 2016 - MEMJET’S OPENING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION BRIEF, main document and exhibits = 324 pages

Filed May 20, 2016 - HP INC.’S OPENING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION BRIEF, main document and exhibits = 62 pages

Filed May 20, 2016 - DECLARATION OF ANDREW V. DEVKAR IN SUPPORT OF HP INC.’S OPENING CLAIM CONSTRUCTION BRIEF, main document and exhibits – 2,389 pages

Blog Publisher’s further comments:

I don’t recall if this case is going to be heard just by a judge or by a jury.  If it is going to be heard by just a judge, I feel sorry for that judge, for reading the fillings is going to be MAJOR, MAJOR headache – bring on the Advil, in buckets! If this case is going to be heard by a jury, well, that’s going to be quite interesting, for the jury members are going to be hard-pressed to understand the information presented by the parties.  They, too, will have major headaches. Bring on the Advil, in truckloads!!!  I read through some of the documents, and, while I’ve never considered myself to be the dimmest bulb in the pack, I had great difficult trying to understand any of information set forth in the documents and exhibits.  And, it was in English!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others

May 17, 2016 5:30 AM PT

ORLANDO -- Hewlett-Packard today began taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion printer, which it said will be up to 10 times faster than existing machines and can cut the cost of manufacturing parts in half.

Read complete article (at ComputerWorld) at this link:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fast-growing iSqFt combines with 3 firms to form new company - ConstructConnect

This article comes from the Cincinatti Business Journal

May 13, 2016, 11:52am EDT Revised Date/Time Publish Updated May 13, 2016, 2:37pm EDT

Fast-growing iSqFt combined with three other companies to form a new firm called ConstructConnect.

Norwood-based iSqFt combined with BidClerk, Construction Data Co. and Construction Market Data to form ConstructConnect.

Dave Conway, who has been president and CEO of iSqFt, is president and CEO of ConstructConnect. The combined company is headquartered in its new offices at Rookwood Exchange.

Conway said ConstructConnect combines each of the unique benefits of the four companies.

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” Conway said. “It made sense to create a new name that’s reflective of what the combination brings to the market, which is unprecedented.”

ConstructConnect provides construction professionals, including general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and building product manufacturers with pre-construction solutions including data, content and insights, helping users to find and win new contracts.

ConstructConnect now has about 725 total employees, including about 300 at its headquarters in Norwood. The company still expects to grow quickly. Conway said the firm is currently looking to fill about 30 jobs.

Last year, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved iSqFt for a 65 percent, six-year job creation tax credit. The estimated value of the tax credit is $580,000.

In addition to ConstructConnect’s headquarters, the company has nine other locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Dodge Data & Analytics LLC, a major provider of construction project information, filed a lawsuit against the firms that combined to form ConstructConnect, alleging they are attempting to monopolize the nationwide construction project information market in the U.S. and Canada. At the end of April, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black rejected iSqFt's request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Conway said the firms have been focused on improving their easy-to-use software and providing even more relevant project data. It’s ConstructConnect’s combination of data, software and connections that make it unique, Conway said.

For Conway and what was iSqFt, the transition to ConstructConnect shows how far the company has come. iSqFt, which was founded in 1993 by Phil Ogilby as a job-estimating software firm, made its big breakthrough in April 2001. That’s when its then-new president Conway helped the company win a fierce competition against 200 other firms to become the exclusive national partner of Associated General Contractors of America, a trade group representing 30,000 commercial contractors.

“We were a small tech startup, and we’ve grown to be the largest company of our kind in North America,” Conway said. The combination of data, software and connections allows customers to better evaluate all opportunities and select the project with the highest probability to win that work using rich data, Conway said.

“You can’t construct if you don’t connect,” Conway said.


Press Release is located at this link: