How do these interests differ?

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Posted by Stephen Rowe on November 25, 1998 at 05:59:37:

Party (A) creates a “toolbox” of innovative, visual/graphical tools for data-driven manufacturing/quality improvement. Collectively these tools are called "Production-Friendly Data Tools" (TM). Their common thread is a characteristic, innovative use of color, space, and symbols to greatly enhance the information that can be encoded into more traditional, standard plots and charts. Parties (B) and (C) pay to learn these tools through a seminar offered by (A).

(B) is a manufacturing engineer who wishes to use these tools in his company’s plant(s).

(C) is a consultant who wishes to learn these innovations, call them something else, and market them for his own gain.

To what extent does intellectual property law protect (A)? How are the interests of (B) and (C) different?

Stephen Rowe, Ph.D.
Tri-State Quality Manufacturing Network
Author Of The "Production-Friendly Data Tools" (TM) Series and Inventor Of The Exciting "Gravity-Curvature Response Surface Simulator" (TM)
Industrial Statistician [training and consulting]
(219) 495-2093

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