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.

The Mystery of The Epson Waste Ink Pads

Has your Epson printer stopped working, is blinking or displays “ink pads need changing”, or in the alternative you are being told to bring the printer to an Epson service center?  Then you have a condition that your waste ink pad is full of ink and needs replacement.

The ink pad in a printer is an absorbent sponge where ink, from either a head cleaning or from printing borderless sheets of paper, collects as to not dump ink inside the printer itself. The machine counts all the cleaning operations ie) ink waste counter and issues a warning to prevent the internal ink sponge from overflowing and damaging your printer.

There is no need to buy another printer or bring it to an Epson Customer Care Center. There are a few solutions that one can do at home to fix this problem:

  1. There is software on the internet that will reset the ink waste counter called WIC Rest, for a fee.
  2. We have 2 Epson service utility programs on our Tips sections on that can address this issue. These utilities are good for older model printers.
  3. Contact Epson to send you their version of the “Ink Pad Reset Utility”

Regardless of which method you use, this is a real warning and a safety measure that must be seriously addressed. We also do not recommend resetting the ink waste counter without replacing the ink pads. If your ink pads are full then just resetting the counter on the printer without replacing the pads could ultimately cause damage to your printer and surrounding areas as the inks starts to pool inside the printer and potentially start to leak out.

There are a few steps you can do to extend replacing and resetting your waste ink pad:

  1.  Avoid the cleaning cycle and/or cleaning more than twice in a row
  2.  Don’t print borderless printing
  3. Don’t turn your printer on and off all the time

I hope this answers your questions about resetting the Epson waste ink pads. And please don’t forget to shop around for some cheaper alternatives for Epson’s expensive ink cartridges at

So what exactly is 3D printing?

Wikipedia defines 3D printing as “a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. When we print something out of a printer, the ink nozzles go across the paper while the paper come out. What is happening is that, it is printing horizontally while the paper is ejecting vertically thus creating a 2 dimensional drawing or sheet. In 3D printing we add another dimension: height. In essence, the layers of material are built sideways as well as fused and built up creating the model. The 3D printer technological innovation is fairly simple to actually understand; a computer assisted design application (CAD) directs a printer nozzle to extrude small amounts of material, building its shape to produce a 3 dimensional design. There are many types of materials that can be used to create a 3D object:

  • Nylon Plastic
  • ABS Plastic
  • Resins
  • Stainless Steel
  • Gold & Silver
  • Titanium
  • Ceramic
  • Gypsum

Are you aware that today’s 3D printer costs less than from what a laser printer was in 1985? The 3D printers of early times were big and inefficient, With up and coming technology, soon anyone will have the capability to produce anything they want right at home, whenever they want. Create jewelry, toys, small pieces of art, household goods such as vases, beer mugs and coffee cups and much more. If you can think of it and design it on the computer, then you can build it. You can find a number of various 3D printers on the market nowadays, all with somewhat different advantages, disadvantages, quirks and capabilities. However, large 3D printers can create models 2 feet high and across. The most current project was building a fully functional car.

Designers, engineers and manufacturers have been using 3D printers for over a 10 years. They primarily used them to make mockups of the product quickly before they launched into the expensive business of firing up a manufacturing facility to mass produce the real thing.

3D printing continues to be part of a number of industries and has achieved some important achievements:

  • In the world of fashion, architect Bradley Rothenberg body scanned the beautiful Victoria’s Secret models to design and create each one a custom-fitting set of “angel wings” to walk around in during their lingerie show.
  • Scientists used 3D printing to make ears which helped kids with deformities.
  • Medical scientists, researchers and engineers have developed a flexible, 3D elastic membrane that could help predict cardiac disorders.
  • The researchers at Filton Process Control Engineering began making use of 3D printers to make prototype components for wind-tunnel testing.
  • NASA continues to use 3D printers to print components for their spacecrafts.
  • Professors use 3D designs to inspire pupils to enjoy learning boring subjects like chemistry, biology, art, mathematics, physics and history. Students from the Changsha University of Science and Technology in China produced a race car from 3D printed parts.
  • In dentistry world, 3D printers are widely-used to easily make precise models of tooth crowns, dental bridges, along with other orthodontic devices.

Here is a video of some 3D printer miracles and uses.  Specifically, an ankle was created using a 3D printer to replace one that was cancerous.

As you can see the future for 3D printing seems very promising. It may be the fastest developing prototyping industry with revenues this year anticipated to be somewhere around a billion US dollars.