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Supercharging ERP for Complex Environments

With the help of software and performance optimization solutions, ERP systems can drive and sustain lasting improvements for ceramic and glass manufacturers.

Challenging economic times mean that manufacturing executives must do more with less. Heading into 2015, the world’s top multinational manufacturers are trying to find a safe route through an economy known more for the promise of volatility than the prospect of surefire growth.


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IP in Depth: Fixing the Application Backlog

Favoring the examination of either new applications or RCEs over the other does not seem like a practical or equitable solution to the backlogs.

In my March 2014 column (“Compact Prosecution,” pp. 9-10), I discussed how U.S. patent applicants resorted to filing requests for continued examination (RCE) applications as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stayed the course on compact prosecution.


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Big Data Analytics in the Supply Chain

Insights derived from big data can allow ceramic and glass manufacturers to optimize supply chain processes.

The supply chain is gaining in complexity at an alarming rate, creating a deluge of information overload from data generated within supply chain processes.


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IP In Depth: The Cost of Obtaining Allowed U.S. Patents

The Patent Dashboard report of 2.5 average actions per disposal seems too good to be true.

 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) September 7, 2010, Director’s Form: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership addressed the then current backlog of more than 700,000 applications, efforts to reduce pendency and factors that contribute to examination delays.  


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