Xerox was founded eariler, in 1906 in Rochester, New York as "The Haloid Company," which originally manufactured photographic paper and equipment. The company subsequently changed its name to "Haloid Xerox" in 1958 and then simply "Xerox" in 1961.
Xerox (short URL to their patents is http://cli.gs/XeroxIP) has far fewer worldwide patents/patent apps than Canon (http://cli.gs/CanonIP)-- that may surprise you, given the legacy of Xerox inventing.
Xerox's most recent patent is in the "Green" arena.
It's ENERGY-AWARE PRINT JOB MANAGEMENT from 5/28/2009 (United States Patent Application 20090138878):
A printing system and method for processing print jobs in a network of printers are disclosed. The printers each have high and low operational states. A job ticket is associated with each print job. The job ticket designates one of the network printers as a target printer for printing the job and includes print job parameters related to redirection and delay for the print job. Where the target printer for the print job is in the low operational state, the print job related redirection and delay parameters for the job are identified. Based on the identified parameters, the print job may be scheduled for at least one of redirection and delay, where the parameters for redirection/delay permit, whereby the likelihood that the print job is printed sequentially with another print job on one of the network printers, without that one printer entering an intervening low operational state, is increased.
The inventors are from France--
- Christer Fernstrom
- Christophe Mitenne.
So there you have it, for this week's Patent Faceoff:
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