Stories by Geneva Sapp

Hologix Seeks to Enable Sophisticated Negotiations

WITH THIS WEEK'S launch of its Attricom attribute-based specification management software, Hologix Inc. aims to push trading exchanges beyond the realm of catalog-type products and their tendency to limit negotiations.

Show Spawns Multiple Product Offerings

This week's Internet World show here brought a slew of announcements from smaller and industry-specific companies expanding and partnering to gain more market share.

Net Patents Process Receives an Overhaul

THE U.S. PATENT and Trademark Office (PTO) last week detailed a new initiative to address industry criticism over its practices for issuing Internet-related business method patents, which some argue are too broad-based and monopolistic.

Online Markets Start to Interoperate

AS BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS trading exchanges proliferate, the speed of integrating business systems into one or several networks is fast becoming a crucial issue for suppliers looking to broaden their potential customer base without rewiring their procurement systems.

Patent Office Seeks to Quiet Critics

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) yesterday night detailed a new initiative to address industry criticism over its practices for issuing Internet-related business methods patents, which some argue are too broad-based and monopolistic.

E-businesses fight for technology ownership

Adding to the competitive climate in the cramped e-commerce space, some e-businesses are duking it out in the courtroom. Patents, once meant to foster and protect innovations, have become another means for companies to garner market share via public courtroom brawl

Ariba Boosts Platform With Troika of Alliances

Ariba Inc. this week inked alliances with Dell Computer Corp., American Express Co., and multinational grain manufacturer Cargill Inc., giving a boost to Ariba's business-to-business platform.

GE Aims at Reinvention as Net Trading Platform

THIS WEEK the death knell began to sound for old-guard proprietary networks when buttoned-down GE Information Services announced plans to emerge as an open Internet platform for e-procurement and trading communities.

E-businesses Vie for Technology Ownership

ADDING TO THE competitive climate in the cramped e-commerce space, some e-businesses are duking it out in the courtroom. Patents, once meant to foster and protect innovations, have become another means for companies to garner market share via public courtroom brawls.

Oracle Releases E-business E-valuator

Oracle Corp. on Monday announced availability of an online interactive tool called Oracle e-valuator, which consolidates the company's consulting processes into a software program designed to assess where e-businesses are in their maturity level and to determine needs and opportunities.

E-Business Vie for Technology Ownership

Adding to the competitive climate in the cramped e-commerce space, some e-businesses are duking it out in the courtroom. Patents, once meant to foster and protect innovations, have become another means for companies to garner market share via public courtroom brawls.

Online Financing Amps Revenue Channels

ALTHOUGH CREDIT CARDS may be the preferred method of payment for e-commerce sites, many customers are gun-shy about whipping out their credit cards for high-price-tag -- $500, $5,000, or even $100,000 -- items. And doing business internationally means e-tailers and business-to-business sites need another payment method besides credit cards, which are seldom used.