Hewlett-Packard Company was incorporated in 1947 under the laws of the State of California as the successor to a partnership founded in 1939 by William R. Hewlett and David Packard. Effective in May 1998, it changed its state of inco...rporation from California to Delaware. The Company is a provider of products, technologies, software, solutions and services to individual consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors. The Company’s offerings span: multi-vendor customer services, including infrastructure technology and business process outsourcing, technology support and maintenance, application development and support services & consulting and integration services; enterprise information technology infrast...ructure, including enterprise storage and server technology, networking products and resources, and software that optimizes business technology investments; personal computing and other access devices; and imaging and printing-related products and services. It has seven business segments for financial reporting purposes: Services, Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS), HP Software, the Personal Systems Group (PSG), the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), HP Financial Services (HPFS), and Corporate Investments. The HP Enterprise Business provides servers, storage, software and information technology (IT) services that enable enterprise and midmarket business customers to better manage their current IT environments and transform IT into a business enabler. HP Software is a provider of enterprise and service-provider software and services. PSG is a provider of personal computers (PCs) in the world such as Commercial PCs, consumer PCs, workstations and handheld computing. IPG is the imaging and printing systems provider in the world for consumer and commercial printer hardware, printing supplies, printing media and scanning devices such as Laserjet, managed enterprise solutions, graphics solutions include large format printing, large format supplies, webpress supplies, Indigo printing, inkjet high speed production solutions. HPFS supports and enhances HP's global product and service solutions, providing a broad range of value-added financial life-cycle management services. The group offers leasing, financing, utility programs and asset recovery services, as well as financial asset management services for large global and enterprise customers. Corporate Investments includes Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, also known as HP Labs, network infrastructure products, mobile devices associated with the Palm acquisition, and certain business incubation projects. Revenue in this segment is attributable to the sale of certain network infrastructure products, including Ethernet switch products that enhance computing and enterprise solutions under the ProCurve, 3Com and TippingPoint brands. The distribution is organized by direct and channel. It encounters aggressive competition in all areas of its business activity. The Company’s operations are subject to regulation under various federal, state, local and foreign laws concerning the environment, including laws addressing the discharge of pollutants into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, and the cleanup of contaminated sites. HP recognizes revenue sales arrangement exists, delivery have occurred or services are rendered, the sales price or fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. The company also recognizes hardware revenue on sales to channel partners, including resellers, distributors or value-added solution providers at the time of sale when the channel partners have economic substance apart from HP and HP has completed its obligations related to the sale.