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Foreign IP strategy for electronics manufacturing

Know where your competitors are filing IP. Companies may consider filing patents in foreign jurisdictions where competitors are active, in an effort to gain market space and / or leverage IP assets during future negotiations. Manufacturers in emerging jurisdictions such as Brazil, India, China, and Vietnam become more active in presenting opportunities for joint manufacturing ventures …
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12 Questions for the Occam Process before buying the farm

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The Occam Process is touted to be environmentally compliant or, friendly. However, the process uses photolithography and copper plating procedures. Aren’t these processes quite ‘dirty’? Won’t these processes, which will be new to most potential adopters, be a challenge to implement?
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Taking the pulse of EMS

While internal, defensive, cost-control issues dominated the companies’ reports; most firms also …
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Cost analysis and the teardown

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I am skeptical about the accuracy of cost analysis teardowns. Normally, list prices for components (the figure used in the analysis report) are …
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Design guru John Maeda on Apple’s love potion and product design

In this popular interview Dr. Maeda isolates the source behind Apple’s iPhone success; discusses product design for manufacturing (DfM) and end-user usability, and more.
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Lower intellectual property (IP) risk outsourcing electronics manufacturing

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One common error is most executives feel something is not patentable. It is also Some advanced tactics used by IP-savvy companies and executives include conducting ‘directed invention …
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New product introduction (NPI) quoting and the OEM

OEM companies engaged in quoting exercises for new product introduction (NPI) business services with contract manufacturers can expect the capable contract manufacturer to carefully lead the OEM through an established and itemized list of NPI product requirements and processes.

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Contract electronics direct costs, profits and OEM pricing

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While there are some common outsourcing manufacturing contract formats, no two contracts are identical and, there is no viable, common platform that can be applied to every outsourcing contract pricing model with regards to either party’s profits.
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Contract electronics manufacturing service agreement for OEM hardware

This service level agreement contract can provide baseline guidance when outsourcing manufacturing electronics services.
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Five things contract manufacturers say they can improve on

Our survey asked electronics contract manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and prototype houses to rank, in order of importance, their top 5 improvement opportunities. Read what they selected.
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