Thursday, July 27, 2006

U.S. lags China and Europe in new technology adoption

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Bob Suh, chief technology strategist at Accenture, doesn't believe the U.S. has an innovation problem. "We have an adoption problem in the U.S.," Suh said. Speaking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Suh shared Accenture's recent survey of CIOs, which showed that the U.S. is falling behind China and Europe with regard to investing in new technology. "China and some European companies are leapfrogging the U.S. with SOA and Web services," he said. U.S. companies are making safe bets, wrapping and fortifying legacy systems rather than building fresh systems from the ground up. "Nobody gets fired for window dressing a legacy system, but they get fired for technology project failures," Suh explained. U.S. CIOs are more prone to think about 18 to 24 month development ordeals, hundreds of people dedicated to a project and millions of dollars, rather than plowing new ground with SOA and Web services that is ultimately less painful or intrusive.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Extended: Registration Deadline for Chicago Independent Inventors Conference

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Registration Deadline for USPTO’s Chicago Regional Independent Inventors Conference July 28-29 at Northwestern University’s School of Law is Extended to 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 27... For more details on the two-day program and to register Click Here.

An outstanding roster of speakers and experts from the USPTO and the private sector will participate. They include Dr. Forrest Bird, whose invention of the “Baby Bird” respirator has saved millions of infants’ lives over the years. Dr. Bird was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1996. Product development and marketing is always a popular topic at the independent inventors conferences. Louis Foreman the CEO of Enventys, a product design and manufacturing firm, will cover that important subject in Chicago. Foreman is also the executive producer of “Everyday Edisons”, a new series that begins airing on public broadcasting stations this fall. The program features independent inventors and follows the development, packaging and marketing of their inventions.

Commissioner for Patents John Doll will lead the USPTO contingent attending the conference. Seasoned patent and trademark examiners will be on hand throughout the two days conducting workshops and holding one on one meetings with attendees. Both novice and experienced inventors will find the conference informative and helpful.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Alien Technology Seeks $88M in Upcoming IPO

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Alien Technology, a manufacturer of RFID tags, readers and hardware, is looking to raise in the neighborhood of $88.1 million with an IPO scheduled for July 27, according to Nasdaq's July 24 Web site listing. Alien Technology, based in Morgan Hill, Calif., initially filed for an IPO (initial public offering) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13. The company expects to release 9 million shares at about $11 each during its initial offering later the week of July 24.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

EchoStar sues, seeks ruling it doesn’t infringe Finisar patent

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EchoStar Communications Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite-TV provider, sued fiber-optic equipment maker Finisar Corp., asking a court to rule it doesn’t infringe a patent for a system to organize satellite-data transmissions. EchoStar, based in Douglas County, claimed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, that Finisar may file its own suit over the patent.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Trade secrets aren't so safe

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Coke case illustrates the need to screen workers at all levels... It wasn't locked up in a bank vault like the recipe for its flagship soda brand. Instead, prosecutors said, a new product sample at the heart of a corporate espionage case that erupted this week at the Coca-Cola Co. was accessible to a secretary. The episode has made Coke re-evaluate its safeguards for trade secrets, and other corporations ask whether they should do the same -- even as the secretary's lawyer wonders what all the fuss is about. Experts say the important thing is to have tough employee screening and to catalog what secrets you don't want others to know.