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IP in Depth: Effective Preissuance Submissions

Preissuance submissions are an opportunity to present prior art in such a way that a patent examiner will be convinced to apply the prior art to reject pending claims.
April 1, 2014

“The preissuance submission provision in the America Invents Act aims to bring the most relevant prior art to the examiner’s attention as early as possible during prosecution to enhance examination effectiveness and efficiency,” says Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos.


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Ceramic Decorating: The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products' 50th Anniversary

The Sheraton Station Hotel will serve as host property for the event, which will be held April 5-7.
March 1, 2014

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) will celebrate 50 years during Deco ’14 in Pittsburgh, Pa., birthplace of SGCDpro.


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IP in Depth: Understanding the USPTO's Compact Prosecution Process

Under compact prosecution, examiners were expected to prosecute a patent application thoroughly in the first USPTO action.
March 1, 2014

Under compact prosecution, examiners were expected to prosecute a patent application thoroughly in the first USPTO action.


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Inside CI: The "People" Business

I came to realize that we don't have to be in the hospitality business in order to recognize that our interactions with people can make or break our business.
March 1, 2014

I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling lately, and I had a somewhat below-average experience while checking out of one hotel.


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Freight Focus: How to Convert "Prepay and Add" Shipping Programs to Collect

Companies know inbound transportation is an area where extra money can be found, but they don't realize the full potential.
December 2, 2013

The part of a business where there can be a lot of low-hanging fruit is inbound transportation, particularly where vendors prepay and add freight to their invoice.


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Exploring the ROI of Safety

Implementing a vacuum conveying system for transport of bulk dry materials can increase safety and profitability.
December 2, 2013

Workplace injuries in any organization take a bite out of profits. A wealth of data, statistics and surveys is available from scores of organizations regarding occupational illness and injuries.


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IP in Depth: Expediting Patent Application Examinations

The USPTO developed four programs designed to speed up the examination of patent applications.
December 2, 2013

In August 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a backlog of 591,665 patent applications waiting to be examined and an average total pendency (time from filing to end of examination) of 29.4 months.


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Inside CI: Holiday Time

The seventh annual Services Directory aims to help you find companies that can help you not only during hectic times like these, but all year long.
December 2, 2013

This time of year can be especially hectic. Between decorating, entertaining, gift buying (and wrapping!), and actually celebrating the holidays, it seems like there are never quite enough hours in the day.


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BIA Award Winners Honored for Best in Brick Design

Awards include green building practices and renovation/restoration.
November 1, 2013

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently honored architecture that incorporates fired clay brick with its 2013 Brick in Architecture Awards.


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Inside CI: Truly Thankful

We at CI are truly thankful for you: our readers and online ceramic manufacturing community.
November 1, 2013

In the U.S., November is our month dedicated to giving thanks. Of course, we don’t have many fun songs or TV specials about Thanksgiving, and a lot of Americans probably have their Christmas decorations up before the day’s over (if not before).


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Sapphire: An Extreme Performer

Ian Doggett of Goodfellow and CI Editor Susan Sutton discuss the benefits and opportunities provided by industrial sapphire.

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