From 2008 to 2012, the percentage of examiner interviews conducted for U.S. patent applications nearly doubled from about 15 to 30%. In 2012, 90% of applications in which examiner interviews were conducted were allowed, compared to a 61% allowance rate for patents in which no interviews were conducted. These trends have continued.
As the market continues to improve, your organization might (finally!) be plugging some holes in the workforce and even creating new positions. As you shuffle through résumés, don’t get too hung up on finding the perfect mixture of background and technical skills. The most important qualification a job seeker can possess isn’t always evident on paper.
Refractories manufacturers are likely well-versed in the special requirements that these products have for shipping purposes. While these materials can be transported via different modes (e.g., ground, ship or air), intermodal shipping is a great transportation solution (depending on the shipment lane).