US Patent No: 8,075,110 - Analytics, PDF, Full Text and PAIR Access

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Refill unit for an ink storage compartment connected to a printhead through an outlet valve

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A refill unit for refilling an ink storage compartment for a printhead assembly. The ink storage compartment is fluidically connected to the printhead assembly via an outlet valve. The refill unit a variable volume container for holding a quantity of ink and a valve actuator for closing the outlet valve as the refill unit engages the ink storage compartment.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MEMJET TECHNOLOGY LIMITEDDUBLIN 2, IE2538
SILVERBROOK RESEARCH PTY LTDBALMAIN3971

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Berry, Norman Micheal Balmain, AU 552 1815
Hibbard, Christopher Balmain, AU 563 1628
Jackson, Garry Raymond Balmain, AU 744 3328
MacKey, Paul Ian Balmain, AU 461 1569
Nakazawa, Akira Balmain, AU 887 3592
Silverbrook, Kia Balmain, AU 10047 45512

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