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Japanese Patent for novel GPC application

16 October 2008

Curvaceous Software is pleased to announce the grant of another patent in September 2008 by the Japan Patent Office for the control of multi-variables processes using a single Operating Envelope. The patent application was first started in the UK in May 2002 and in 2005 Curvaceous Software requested an examination in Japan. The Japanese patents are known to take a long-time to be granted, so for Curvaceous this is wonderful news.

The patent is about taking action in order to get the process back into the Best Operating Zone (BOZ) also known as Operating Envelope. The whole concept is based upon the innovative and highly acclaimed Geometric Process Control (GPC) technology, which is well-established and has already achieved success in problem-solving and process improvement applications with over 125 blue-chip companies.
GPC identifies and models the Best Operating Zone (BOZ) of a process from existing data. The BOZ is defined by the multi-variable operating points that in the past produced the best performance. A multi-dimensional surface wraps around the set of points creating a multi-dimensional solid object, thus capturing, in geometry, all of the interactions between the ranges of all the variables. By operating the process wholly within this object the best performance results of the past can be repeated.

Dr. John Wilson, the Research and Development Manager of Curvaceous, said “The fact that a Japanese patent was granted to our novel technology allows us to both legally protect our innovation and also opens new business opportunities in the Japanese Market. We can now license our technology to a company that is operating in Japan and they could potentially develop their own products using the same principle.”

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