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Is there new trouble looming for Ikon???

February 22, 2010

I just saw that Canon has filed a lawsuit against a company called Densigraphix on 01/10/2010. From one article that I read it stated that Ikon has become Densiggraphix’ biggest customer since they lost thier Canon Authorized status. it is reported that Ikon has been buying non-OEM toner for the Canon MFDs that they still support. Canon is claiming a patent infringement against Densigraphix. So how does this affect Ikon?

It’s not that Canon won’t sell toner to Ikon, It will sell Canon OEM toner to Ikon. But it will cost them more than an Authorized Dealer pays, so Ikon would have to pay more for Canon Toner.  If Canon wins the lawsuit, IKON would be forced to buy supplies from Canon, most likely at list price. Ouch!!!

This is the last thing that Ikon \ Ricoh needs in these difficult financial times. If Canon does win this lawsuit Ikon will face a dilemma, will they, or can they, pass on this additional cost to their Canon customers? I am also wondering If Ikon’s Current Canon customers are OK with them sending out non-OEM toner for their Canon MFDs?

That’s my $0.02
Vince McHugh
vince.mchugh@yahoo.com

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