Re: "The geography that did not perform well was Europe"
AFAIR -- 'geography' in this context is a shortening of 'geographical region' -- at least that is true for the tech company I am employed by. You will hear it shortened even further to "geo" quite often as well.
by my mostly uninterested estimates -- these people hit the printer with the handle of the axes / hammers 75% of the time. Imagine how much better they would have felt if they could actually employ the business part of the implement
Perhaps the "sheer inventive genius" was already displayed when they developed the technology covered by their patent portfolio. Now they want to be paid by those using the "fruit" of their earlier labor?