Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cloud-based Capture Benefits Food Service Provider

“When you are processing from multiple locations 2,500 - 3,000 invoices a week, with some being as many as 10 pages long, having a distributed, web-based capture system that works to expectations is a real benefit."

- Chris Beckman, IT and Customer Service Administrator for Food Authority -- a fine foods service and produce distributor, based in Oceanside, New York

Check out this case study, which includes technology from CAPSYS, Fujitsu, and KnowlegeTree.

Also, here's a short piece on how moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud helped Food Authority maintain its business in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


Jury Rules in Favor of ABBYY, Lexmark, in OCR Patent Trial

(Some updates since first post)
The long-lasting OCR patent lawsuit filed by Nuance against ABBYY and Lexmark is finally over. Yesterday, a jury appointed by the U.S. District Court of San Francisco, ruled unanimously in favor of ABBYY and its partner Lexmark. It ruled that neither company owes Nuance anything in damages related to patent or trade dress infringement. 

The way I understand it, Lexmark, which manufactures printers and MFPs, was a partner of Nuance, but at some point, prior to 2008, when Nuance filed the suit (I guess the suit was originally filed in Wisconsin in 2002, but moved to California in 2008), Lexmark switched out its bundled Nuance OCR technology in favor of ABBYY's. Nuance accused both Lexmark and ABBYY of attempting to create packaging that resembled Nuance, and also accused ABBYY of violating five six patents that Nuance picked up in its 2000 acquisition of Caere. ABBYY promptly filed a countersuit, accusing Nuance of violating two of its patents, as well as violating anti-trust act. The whole thing was combined in one trial in the Court of Judge Jeffrey S. White.

In 2009, eCopy and it's OCR partner I.R.I.S. were dragged into the suit, but that was apparently resolved when Nuance acquired eCopy later that year and replaced the I.R.I.S. technology with its own.

Apparently before the case went before a jury, in a trial that started earlier this month, it was narrowed down to three patents.

I've read Nuance's OCR patents and they are pretty broad based - meaning that if ABBYY were found in violation of them, it could have affected everyone else developing (and licensing non-Nuance) OCR technology. So, this decision should have many people in the document imaging market breathing a collective sigh of relief. 

No word yet if Nuance plans to appeal, if they can, and/or if they will go after anyone else for patent infringement related to OCR . We expect to talk with ABBYY reps later today and I know Nuance is planning on issuing a statement. We'll keep you posted as more news on this develops.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mobile, Cloud, on MFP Dealers', Users' Minds.

From this week's premium DIR:

 “Our new app fits the needs we have been hearing about from our dealers for some time. In addition, we like to bring in our VIP accounts to the TABS corporate office—and nine out of 10 of them have been asking what our plans are for mobile and cloud applications. It’s something that’s clearly on the mind of all Toshiba’s customers.” 

- Tony Venice, manager, strategic product management, Toshiba America Business Solutions, 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

EPM and Crowley Announce Partnership

Eastman Park Micrographics (EPM), the media and equipment business that was spun out of Kodak DI in 2011, this week announced a partnership with the Crowley Company, which will provide worldwide sales and marketing for EPM's equipment line, which currently includes the IMAGELINK Archive Writer, the IMAGELINK Archive Processor, as well as a pair of OEM'd film to image scanners.

Technically, Crowley's partnership is with EPM Equipment, which was spun off of EPM this week as well. EPM will continue to sell media/film through its agreement with Agfa. Apparently, the Rochester-based Kodak film production operations, where EPM historically got its film, are winding down.

We'll have more in depth coverage of these announcements in our next DIR premium issue, which is due out Aug. 23.