Intellectual Property

The material presented in Solomon’s website is provided for internal, non-commercial, informational purposes only. Any copies of the material presented must bear all copyright, trademark, or other proprietary markings located on the site that pertain to the material being copied. Except as authorized in the following text, you are not being granted a license under any copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property right in the material or products, services, processes, or technology described therein. All such rights are retained by Solomon, its subsidiaries, and/or any third-party owner of such rights

Using Solomon Marks

Solomon’s company name and logo, and all related product and service names, design marks, and slogans are the trademarks or service marks of Solomon. You are not authorized to use any Solomon name or mark as a hypertext link to any Solomon website, in any advertising or publicity, or in any other commercial manner without the prior written consent of Solomon.

Solomon encourages the communication of information that can improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the industries it serves within appropriate client and data confidentiality standards. Solomon requires strict adherence to the use standards described here for its proprietary service marks.

Following is a current listing of United States and foreign trademarks owned by Solomon. Please note that laws concerning use and marking of trademarks or product names vary by country. Always consult a local attorney for additional guidance. Not all common law marks used by Solomon are listed on this page. Solomon’s practice is to list only the most important of its common law marks. Failure of a mark to appear on this page is not a waiver of any intellectual property rights that Solomon has established, and does not mean that Solomon does not use the mark or that the product is not actively marketed or is not significant within its relevant market.

Those trademarks followed by ® are registered United States trademarks of Solomon. All others are unregistered trademarks or common law marks of Solomon in the United States. Some of these trademarks are registered or common law trademarks of Solomon in other countries.

This list is not a comprehensive list of all Solomon trademarks.

Registered Trademarks (®)

  • CCP
  • EDC
  • EII
  • Gas Price Pendulum
  • M³ – Measure. Manage. Maximize.
  • Measure. Manage. Maximize.
  • MPEI
  • NCM³
  • NMPEI
  • Pacesetter Performance Process
  • SA Profile (logo)
  • Solomon EDC
  • Solomon Profile

Proprietary Trademarks (™)

  • CPA
  • CEI
  • Comparative Performance Analysis
  • CPM
  • CTF
  • CUI
  • CWB
  • CWT
  • ECI
  • EGC
  • EMC
  • ENF
  • EPC
  • Equivalent Distillation Capacity
  • Equivalent Generation Complexity
  • ETC
  • FPA
  • Hour Equivalency Ratio
  • Lost Revenue Opportunity
  • LRO
  • Maintenance Index
  • MEI
  • MTBI
  • NEI
  • OPI
  • PEI
  • PPC
  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Q1 Day 1
  • RAI
  • RI
  • SA (logo)
  • Solomon Associates
  • Solomon CWB
  • Solomon EII
  • Solomon RAI
  • Solomon Refinery Activity Index
  • Solomon Utilized Equivalent Distillation Capacity
  • Solomon-EII
  • Solomon-UEDC
  • Start Equivalency Ratio
  • Start Reliability
  • TOCI
  • UEDC
  • VEI
  • Ziff Energy
  • Ziff Energy (logo)

Pending Registrations

Power Generation

Lost Revenue Opportunity (LRO™) – Our comprehensive services will fully evaluate every aspect of client performance. Solomon relies on your CPA study results to pinpoint areas for improvement through an effective mix of no- or low-cost projects. Solomon’s LRO service uses proprietary metrics to analyze the performance of power generation facilities.

Advisory Services

We use benchmarking diagnostics and an interview process to identify specific cost areas (typically two or three) that offer the greatest potential for cost savings and efficiency improvements. By conducting comprehensive reviews of a client's current practices, and utilizing our best practices knowledge and extensive staff experience, we can recommend appropriate better practices that fit within your operations and corporate culture.

Solomon’s CPM™ consulting services offer benchmarking of key cost indicators, including existing assets and new projects. To aid in total cost normalization, our TOCI™ and OPI™ services identify the key cost drivers for each category of operations and forecast the impact on future total costs. Solomon also offers ENF™ consulting services that evaluate energy cost drivers and compare them against industry standards.

We also offer PPC™ consulting services that forecast production capacity using a multiple-stage linear regression applied to daily production data. Our FPA™ services include a diagnostic review of key statistics and comparisons to Peer Group and Asset Group benchmarks. Field production can also be benchmarked with Solomon’s ECI™ services, which evaluates energy consumption per production volume to compare assets. In addition, Solomon’s MTBI™ consulting services can better forecast production levels by tracking the occurrence of incidents with disrupt production.

Refining Services

Cost of Clean Products (CCP™) – Solomon’s CCP service analyzes the competitive position of participant facilities. Industries that compete in commodity markets typically must have the lowest cost of production to survive if there are no regional advantages or trade barriers that prevent the influx of competitive sources. Because production of these products is this primary objective of most refineries, Solomon developed its CCP service to allow for the comparison of refinery performance on the basis of “cost to produce” these products. Clean products include gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, heating oil, transportation diesels, gasoline and diesel blend stocks, and higher-value petrochemicals.

Maintenance Personnel Efficiency Index (mPEI™) – Solomon’s mPEI service compares the maintenance work hours necessary to maintain a facility to a standard based on that facility’s size and configuration. Because no two facilities are the same, this metric is extremely valuable for managing the facility. Standard work hours, regressed from Solomon’s worldwide operating performance databases and therefore based on real-world actual operating performance, incorporate the concept of economy of scale.

Non-Maintenance Personnel Efficiency Index (nmPEI™) – Solomon’s nmPEI service compares the non-maintenance (i.e., operations, technical, and administrative) work hours to maintain a facility to a standard based on that facility’s size and configuration. Because no two facilities are the same, this metric is extremely valuable for managing the facility. Standard work hours, regressed from Solomon’s worldwide operating performance databases and therefore based on real-world actual operating performance, incorporate the concept of economy of scale.

Use of Solomon Logos and Trademarks

Solomon carefully limits the use of its logos and trademarks. No other company may use Solomon logos or trademarks unless it has the express written permission of Solomon, or is licensed by Solomon to do so.

To obtain permission to use any Solomon logo or trademark, contact Ms. Melissa Jewell of Solomon at +1.972.739.1821 and/or email her at Melissa.Jewell@SolomonOnline.com.

Solomon Patents

Solomon will consider licensing its patents under fair and reasonable terms so long as licensees respect Solomon’s intellectual property rights. The licensing terms will be constructed in accordance with general industry practices similar to how others license technical intellectual property under what are typically referred to as “commercially reasonable” terms. Solomon will consider all requests for licenses, but reserves the right not to license certain intellectual property. For example, Solomon will not license patents that would potentially influence its third-party position and its strict covenant to data and client confidentially. And where Solomon determines to license patents, we will generally do so nonexclusively.

The following summaries are a partial list of Solomon’s patents and pending patent applications. The descriptions given below are not intended to construe or limit the scope of the claims of any of the listed patents or patent applications, but are solely intended to facilitate further discussion on the applicability of Solomon’s patent intellectual property to your business requirements. For a complete technical review, please refer to the documentation that can be referenced by the corresponding publication number.

The above and the descriptions below are not an offer to license any of Solomon’s patents. Solomon reserves the right not to license any of its patent intellectual property. Please address all licensing inquiries to Keren Nissan at +1.972.739.1761 or by email at Keren.Nissan@SolomonOnline.com.

Pending Patent Application

U.S. Patent Application No. 11/732,037 – System and Method for Determining Equivalency Factors for Use in Comparative Performance Analysis of Industrial Facilities – U.S. Patent Application No. 11/732,037 describes a system for evaluating different kinds of facilities and identifying ways to improve efficiency.

Patents

U.S. Patent No. 8,224,690 – Graphical Risk-Based Performance Measurement and Benchmarking System and Method (F/S for Short) – The ‘690 Patent describes a system for tracking operational losses. The system can be used to identify risk, track changes, forecast future risks, and make recommendations for improvement.

U.S. Patent No. 8,718,967 – Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology –The ‘967 Patent was developed as part of the Worldwide Refining Advanced Process Control and Automation Performance Analysis (APC Study). It describes a system for improving the performance of a controlled asset.

U.S. Patent No. 8,417,480 – Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology – The ‘480 Patent describes a system for reducing the variability of control assets to improve their performance.

U.S. Patent No. 7,233,910 – System and Method for Determining Equivalency Factors for Use in Comparative Performance Analysis of Industrial Facilities – The ‘910 Patent describes a system for having a computer calculate equivalency factors to help improve the performance of refineries, petrochemical plants, power generation and distribution facilities, and pipeline facilities.

U.S. Patent No. 7,447,611– Power Generation Performance Analysis System and Method – The ‘611 Patent describes a system for analyzing the output and performance of a power generation unit to help optimize its efficiency.

U.S. Patent No. 7,693,725 – A Method and System for Greenhouse Emissions Performance Assessment and Allocation – The ‘725 Patent describes a system for tracking and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions so that the emissions can be apportioned according to the needs of various permits and licensing systems.

U.S. Patent No. 8,050,889 – Performance Analysis System and Method – The ‘889 Patent describes a system to assess the performance of installations involved in things like power generation, refining, pipelines, chemical plants, industrial plants, healthcare, agriculture, the environment, and educational systems.

U.S. Patent No. 8,055,472 – Performance Analysis System and Method – The ‘472 Patent describes a system for computing the best way to improve power generation by comparing things like maintenance costs, unit capacity rating, fuel cost, reserve shutdown hours, cost per megawatt-hour, criticality, and the number of reheats.

U.S. Patent No. 8,060,341 – Performance Analysis System and Method – The ‘341 Patent describes a system for computing the impact of various factors on power generation, including throughput, geographic location, product type, labor costs, facility availability, and maximum capacity.

U.S. Patent No. 7,941,296 – Benchmarking and Gap Analysis System and Method – The ‘296 Patent describes a system for benchmarking the performance of target units and forecasting the impact that various improvements to that unit could offer.

U.S. Patent No. 7,991,577 – Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology – The ‘577 Patent describes a system for providing a detailed statistical analysis regarding the performance of a given control unit.

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