US Patent No: 6,241,347

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Inkjet printing with replaceable set of ink-related components (printhead/service module/ink supply) for each color of ink




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An inkjet printing system having a replaceable set of ink-related components which are installed together and replaced together with a single ink delivery system for each different color of ink. The set includes an ink printhead with an inlet port, an ink supply module, and a printhead service module, each of which is manually mountable by a user onto an inkjet printer. The ink supply module contains enough ink to completely replenish an entire printhead reservoir several times before the expected useful life of the printhead has expired, at which time a user can replace the entire set of ink-related components for a particular color. Similarly, the printhead service module is designed for reliable performance for the expected useful life of the printhead. This system enables the entire ink delivery system to be replaced for different printing needs, such as replacing indoor dye-based inks with outdoor pigment based inks.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Becker, Rick Lorain, OH 4 79
Boutin, Don Poway, CA 3 83
Canfield, Brian Costa Mesa, CA 13 272
Garcia, Jesus Monterrey, MX 29 235
Giles, Robert Sant Cugat del Valles, ES 14 93
Johnson, Eric Joseph Sacramento, CA 29 330
Ruiz, Felix Sant Cugat del Valles, ES 9 87
Watson, Doug Escondido, CA 4 64
Young, Mark E Santa Rosa, CA 37 443
Zapata, Elizabeth San Diego, CA 29 453

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7,585,054 Inkjet printhead with integrated circuit mounted on polymer sealing film 35 2004
7,524,043 Refill unit for engaging with, and closing the outlet valve from an ink storage compartment 18 2004
7,490,927 Refill unit for simultaneously engaging with, and opening inlet valve to, an ink cartridge 54 2004
7,390,080 Ink refill unit with keyed connection ink cartridge 0 2004
7,331,661 Ink refill unit for docking with an ink cartridge 3 2004
7,328,984 Ink refill unit with ink level indicator 0 2004
8,079,684 Ink storage module for a pagewidth printer cartridge 1 2007
7,611,223 Cradle unit having printhead maintenance and wiping arrangements for a print engine 0 2007
8,109,616 Cover assembly including an ink refilling actuator member 3 2008
8,020,976 Reservoir assembly for a pagewidth printhead cartridge 0 2008
7,914,136 Cartridge unit assembly with ink storage modules and a printhead IC for a printer 0 2008
7,806,519 Printer cartridge refill unit with verification integrated circuit 0 2008
8,016,503 Inkjet printer assembly with a central processing unit configured to determine a performance characteristic of a print cartridge 1 2008
8,007,087 Inkjet printer having an ink cartridge unit configured to facilitate flow of ink therefrom 1 2008
7,677,692 Cradle unit for receiving a print cartridge to form a print engine 39 2008
8,057,023 Ink cartridge unit for an inkjet printer with an ink refill facility 1 2008
7,901,062 Ink compartment refill unit with inlet valve acutator, outlet valve, actuator, and constrictor mechanism actuator 0 2008
8,079,664 Printer with printhead chip having ink channels reinforced by transverse walls 0 2008
8,025,380 Pagewidth inkjet printer cartridge with a refill port 0 2009
7,708,392 Refill unit for engaging with ink storage compartment, and fluidically isolating printhead 17 2009
8,007,065 Printer control circuitry for reading ink information from a refill unit 0 2009
8,070,266 Printhead assembly with ink supply to nozzles through polymer sealing film 0 2009
8,251,499 Securing arrangement for securing a refill unit to a print engine during refilling 0 2009
8,240,825 Ink refill unit having a clip arrangement for engaging with the print engine during refilling 0 2009
8,376,533 Cradle unit for receiving removable printer cartridge unit 0 2009
8,016,402 Removable inkjet printer cartridge incorproating printhead and ink storage reservoirs 13 2009
8,025,381 Priming system for pagewidth print cartridge 0 2010
8,002,393 Print engine with a refillable printer cartridge and ink refill port 0 2010
8,079,700 Printer for nesting with image reader 8 2010
8,366,244 Printhead cartridge cradle having control circuitry 0 2010
8,042,922 Dispenser unit for refilling printing unit 0 2010
8,251,501 Inkjet print engine having printer cartridge incorporating maintenance assembly and cradle unit incorporating maintenance drive assembly 0 2010
8,398,216 Reservoir assembly for supplying fluid to printhead 0 2010
8,348,386 Pagewidth printhead assembly with ink and data distribution 1 2010
8,075,110 Refill unit for an ink storage compartment connected to a printhead through an outlet valve 0 2010
8,366,236 Print cartridge with printhead IC and multi-functional rotor element 0 2010
8,434,858 Cartridge unit for printer 0 2010
8,100,502 Printer cartridge incorporating printhead integrated circuit 1 2010
8,292,406 Inkjet printer with releasable print cartridge 0 2010
8,235,502 Printer print engine with cradled cartridge unit 0 2010
8,485,651 Print cartrdge cradle unit incorporating maintenance assembly 0 2010
8,007,083 Refill unit for incrementally filling fluid container 0 2010
8,002,394 Refill unit for fluid container 0 2010
8,220,900 Printhead cradle having electromagnetic control of capper 0 2010
8,079,683 Inkjet printer cradle with shaped recess for receiving a printer cartridge 0 2011
8,439,497 Image processing apparatus with nested printer and scanner 0 2011
7,278,719 Ink jet printer with high capacity tank and associated ink refilling system 1 2003
7,748,822 Ink jet printer with high capacity tank and associated ink refilling system 1 2007
7,722,171 Ink jet printer with high capacity tank and associated ink refilling system 2 2007
7,690,772 Ink jet printer with high capacity tank and associated ink refilling system 0 2007
8,414,106 Printer fluid change manifold 0 2010
7,357,492 Ink cartridge with variable ink storage volume 0 2004