The U.S. Patent Office has set up an electronic database for foreign patent documents. American examiners can now word-search and view bibliographic data and abstracts from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japanese Patent Office in a variety of fields. The available database contains more than 1 million abstracts from European countries, including EPO documents and publications of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Included, too, are nearly 4 million abstracts of Japanese patents. Examiners can view clipped images of most of the patent data. The U.S. also is promoting a "wire the world" initiative that embraces advanced information systems. At the heart of the initiative is the establishment of a secure network that would link intellectual property offices in several countries. Among many suggested projects for the network is establishment of an automated system for processing patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and other intellectual property offices.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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