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Epson Scores Another Win against Infringers

Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) continues to successfully pursue third-party companies that infringe its patents and prevent them from selling offending ink cartridges around the world. Epson’s latest win came March 2011 when it reached a settlement with the Taiwanese ink cartridge manufacturers ULIX and U-Color. Last January, Epson won an initial judgement from the Taiwanese intellectual property court and the OEM says the two firms were ordered to pay damages and cease sales of the infringing products. ULIX and U-Color appealed that decision, however. On December 15, Epson announced that the two companies settled with the OEM before the appeals court. The pair agreed to cease production and sales of the offending products and said they would pay settlement fees to the OEM. ULIX and U-Color also issued a public apology to Epson in which they expressed their gratitude to Epson for reaching the settlement.

It is interesting to see that Epson continues to chalk up win after win against third-party supplies vendors. After enduring punishing losses in the 1990s to firms worldwide that ignored its intellectual property, Epson has gained back market share for its ink cartridges through a string of legal victories in courtrooms around the globe. Apparently, some third-party supplies vendors haven’t gotten the word are still infringing Epson’s patents using fake ink cartridges. As a result, the OEM continues to hold them accountable. All of the discount ink cartridges sold by do not infringe on Epson’s patent.

How to Print With Only the Black Ink Cartridge

We’ve been asked a few questions on “when the color cartridge is empty, can you print just using the black ink cartridges.” Let us try to describe some of the solutions below for various printer brands:
1.) Canon-

  • Click the Start Menu
  • Choose Devices and Printers
  • Right click your printer icon in question
  • Choose “Printing preferneces” from the drop down panel
  • In the panel click and select the “Maintenance” tab
  • Click the “Ink Cartridge Settings” button icon
  • Then choose “Black Only” from the drop down buttons

Ink Cartridge Settings

NOTE: If you have a Canon photo black cartridge like the CLI-8 and you want to use that cartridge to print change the “type of paper” to something other than Plain Paper in the Media Type on the Main tab interface. For example select the “High Resolution”.

Plain Paper Selection

2.) Hewlett-Packard (HP) –

  • Open the document you want to print
  • Click File, and then click Print
  • Click your HP product in the Name drop-down list, and then click Properties
  • Click the “Color” tab, select the “Print in Grayscale” checkbox, and then click OK

NOTE: Depending on the printer model you might even have a drop down with “print in black only”.

Reset Canon PG-210 ink cartridge

For WIN 7 we reset the MX410 Ink Cartridge Counters in this way:

1. Refill cartridge and install back to printer.
2. Open “Devices and Printers” from the “Start” menu.
3. Double click on the Canon MX410 Series Printer.
4. Under “Printer/FAX Management” click on “Display Printer/FAX Properties”.
5. On the new window, “Canon MX410 series Printer Properties,” select the “Advanced” tab.
a. IF all of the options are grayed out, you need to enable them first – select the “General” tab.
b. On the “General” tab, click on the “Change Properties” button.
c. Go back to the “Advanced” tab, the options should now be enabled.
6. Uncheck “Enable advanced printing features.”
7. Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom and then the “OK” button to close the window.
8. Hold the red “Stop” button on MX410 printer for 5-20 seconds. The “out of ink” message should disappear.
9. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to open the properties window again.
10. Check “Enable advanced printing features” to return the setting to what it was before.
11. Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom and then the “OK” button to close the window.
12. Printer should work again with refilled ink cartridge.

The following printers take the Canon PG-210 ink cartridge:

PIXMA iP2702
PIXMA MP495 Wireless
PIXMA MX340 Wireless
PIXMA MX350 Wireless