Archives for January 16, 2012

PMA@CES exhibitors report strong demand for lab products

Exhibitors from last week’s PMA@CES exhibition at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev., reported the event was a great buying show among independent retailers, chain stores and buying groups. “This is the best PMA show in five years,” declared Steve Giordano, Jr., of Lucidiom Inc., Vienna, Va., adding international traffic from traditional channels was strong. Lucidiom was featuring its Photo Finale Version 8, which includes features such as a streamlined checkout process, creative project saving, expansion of payment and discounting options, order workflow upgrades, SEO enhancements, a faster upload tool, additional consumer communication tools and integration with the Photo Finale Enterprise merchandising and content management system. With the Photo Finale Enterprise integration, retailers are now able to easily customize and manage their own consumer-facing merchandising pages.  The photo product shopping experience can be tailored to the market and to sales and marketing initiatives.

Another exhibitor reporting strong sales was AAA Imaging, which was showcasing its canvas-wrap solutions. “PMA@CES has been a great show; much better than anticipated,” says Lou Burgess, president, AAA Imaging. “The people here were true buyers and customers. We saw old friends from the last 30 years and its been a great show.”

Ron Kubara of Noritsu also a strong buying show: “We had one customer who came here to buy; if we weren’t here, he would have went to our competitor. From that perspective, it was a great show. It did what it was supposed to do. Historically, this has always been a great show for Noritsu to demo new products and showcase current products. It has exceeded in that, too.”

Shutterfly CFO Mark Rubash departing

Shutterfly Inc., Redwood City, Calif., announced Mark Rubash, senior vice president and CFO, will leave Shutterfly on Feb. 24, 2012 to pursue a personal passion with an early stage medical technology company. President and CEO, Jeff Housenbold and Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Brian Manca will assume Rubashs responsibilities while the company conducts an immediate search for a new CFO.

Rubash will remain with Shutterfly through the company’s year-end accounting close and annual audit process and will discuss Shutterfly’s fourth quarter and full year 2011 financial results on its fiscal 2011 earnings conference call on Feb. 1, 2012.

Corel signs definitive agreement to acquire Roxio products

Corel Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Roxio product line from Rovi Corp. With this deal, Corel will expand its product portfolio to include Roxio’s broad range of digital media and security solutions. The acquisition includes Roxio Creator and Roxio Toast, the leading optical burning software on the Mac platform. The deal is expected to close in February. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.There are both technology and business advantages to this acquisition.

“We’re excited about this deal for a number of reasons, most notably the fact that upon completion of the acquisition, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of products, both in our digital media and WinZip product lines,” says Shawn Cadeau, senior vice president, Global Marketing at Corel. “Roxio has a large install base, with over 350 million units sold worldwide, and our products are offered through similar channels spanning retail, direct, OEM and enterprise sales. On the digital media side, we will have a full blown multimedia suite and a new offering on the Mac platform. For WinZip, we will be able to further expand our suite of tools, with new data protection and security software.”

Kodak alleges patent infringement by Fujifilm

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm Corp., alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges certain Fujifilm digital cameras infringe patented Kodak digital-imaging technology. Fujifilm officials had no comment.

“Kodak has long been in discussions with Fujifilm, asking the company to do what more than 30 other companies have done already and take a license for their use of our pioneering digital imaging technology,” says Timothy M. Lynch, chief intellectual property officer, Kodak. “Not only have we failed to reach an agreement, but Fuji resorted to filing suit against us in October in what was a thinly veiled attempt to redirect attention from their continued use of Kodak patented technology.There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. The failure to appropriately compensate Kodak for the unauthorized use of our patented technology impedes our ability to continue to innovate and introduce new products.”

The complaint against Fuji alleges infringement of the following five patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,493,335 (“Single Sensor Color Camera With User Selectable Image Record Size”)
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 (“Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images”)
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,573,927 (“Electronic Still Camera For Capturing Digital Image and Creating a Print Order”)
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,441,854 (“Electronic Camera With Quick Review of Last Captured Image”)
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,164,831 ( “Electronic Still Camera Providing Multi-Format Storage of Full and Reduced Resolution Images”)