On January 31, 2011, the White House announced the launch of the Startup America initiative and noted that the Department of Commerce was “finalizing a plan to allow entrepreneurs to request faster review of their patents, an initiative that should lower patent pendency times overall and speed the deployment of new ideas to the marketplace.
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.
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), along with beverage leaders—including Diageo and New Belgium Brewing—and the glass processing and recycling industries, have gathered a dynamic group of organizations to advance glass recycling in the U.S. Called the U.S. Glass Recycling Coalition, the nearly two dozen member organizations will aim to make glass recycling a successful industry, as well as the efficient, high-quality, and convenient service consumers want and expect.
Deco ’16 kicked off April 16 in Baltimore, Md., marking the show’s first return to the East Coast since 2002 when the group met in Washington, D.C. Approximately 150 decorators and suppliers attended the three-day conference, which featured a keynote speech by Colonel Danny McKnight, Ret. U.S. Army. McKnight, who took part in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was chronicled in the movie Black Hawk Down, discussed leadership and his newly released book.
If you were lucky enough to attend Ceramics Expo 2016 in April, you would have seen some of the many new technologies and products that are available for today’s ceramic manufacturers and end users of ceramic components.
More than 30 years ago when I started my career as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there was a common phrase that went something like this: “Patents are not valid until they are litigated.”
Happy May Day! Also known as Labor Day in some countries, May 1 marks the Chicago Haymarket protests that took place on that date in 1886, when 35,000 workers walked away from their jobs and demanded standardized eight-hour work days.
As frequent readers of this column know, the glass container manufacturing industry has a consistent and strong demand for recycled glass at its 45 glass plants across the U.S. In 2015, glass manufacturers purchased 2.4 million tons of recycled glass for remelting into new containers.
Imagine, if you will, a hall filled with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing a range of products and services all along the supply chain, a two-track conference program that provides insights on ceramic manufacturing as well as applications, and networking opportunities that enable you to make connections that will help you and your company succeed. Sounds like a dream, right?