How Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

The latest figures on lawsuits filed by patent assertion entities (PAEs) reveal a frightening trend that suggests this activity will remain a threat to American high-tech innovation and competition in 2013. In the first 11 months of 2012, PAEs initiated 61 percent of US patent lawsuits, after initiating 45 percent of them in 2011 and…

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Supply Chain Segmentation in Practice

In a previous Velocity post, I talked about the theory of segmentation and how tailoring supply chain solutions for each customer or product in a company's portfolio could boost overall supply chain effectiveness and balance sheet performance. It's more than a good idea, and various companies across many industries, including high-tech, retail, and apparel, have…

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Cloud, Cloud, Cloud, but Which & Why?

Who knew deciding what to do with the cloud could be so difficult? While the cloud is being swiftly adopted by businesses (some of which are building private networks, while others are using outsourced service providers), according to industry observers, the introduction of this innovative technology solution is becoming disruptive and raising more questions than…

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Manufacturing on a Roll

The manufacturing sector is starting 2013 with the tailwind of some very positive news behind it. In many parts of the globe — both developed and developing economies — manufacturers are reporting solid or stable growth in new manufacturing orders and output, according to researchers and industry organizations. One would have expected manufacturing to slow…

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OLED TV Reaches the Consumer Market

Display manufacturer {complink 3074|LG Electronics Inc.} has leapfrogged competitor {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.} in the large-size OLED display market. According to Reuters, LG has begun taking orders for 55-inch OLED TVs, which are slated to ship in February. Displays based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology are thinner, lighter, and more energy efficient than…

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