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IP in Depth: Recent Patent Activity

Companies that are assignees of larger numbers of issued patents tend to own a larger percentage of published applications.
June 3, 2013

In the last 12 months, nearly 95 companies have taken out advertisements in Ceramic Industry. A search on these companies as assignees on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website (www.uspto.gov) reveals that only about 40% own issued U.S. patents and/or published U.S. patent applications.


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Inside CI: Broadened Horizons

The ceramic industry involves much more than tableware or brick.
June 3, 2013

I shake my head and chuckle to myself every time a new acquaintance assumes the ceramic industry involves only brick or tableware. And don’t get me started on the folks who ask, “So how’s the pottery business?”


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2013 Household Spending

May 28, 2013

Many Americans plan to cut household spending this year to make up for income lost from the payroll tax hike. In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they plan to reduce their household spending in 2013.


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Is the Affordable Care Act Really Affordable?

The Affordable Care Act has generated a lot of controversy, and it no doubt will continue to do so.
May 22, 2013
How will the Affordable Care Act impact your business?
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Online Sales Tax

May 21, 2013

In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they believe online consumers should pay sales tax on their purchases.


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Terrorism Insurance

May 14, 2013

Does your company have terrorism insurance, or would you consider purchasing it for your business?


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Video Streaming

May 7, 2013

In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they subscribe to any video streaming services.


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Glass Works: State Legislative Activity for Recycling Ramps Up

May 1, 2013

Over 40 state legislatures convened in the first quarter of 2013 and, as in previous years, they are actively introducing legislation that has the potential to impact the glass container industry and glass bottle recycling.


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Inside CI: Steady Dedication

What articles have been most useful to you, and which ones did you skip over?
May 1, 2013

I’m writing this column one day after the horrific terror attacks in Boston.


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Telecommuting

April 30, 2013

In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers about telecommuting. How many of your company's employees work from home for at least part of their workweek?


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