Another Patent for EngineRoom® Software

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MoreSteam Patent Attorneys Convince Patent Office of Invention's Patentability

Hypothesis testing and DOE wizards are two of the reasons that EngineRoom is fast becoming the tool of choice for Lean Six Sigma initiatives

On February 5, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allowed another patent application filed by that covers features of EngineRoom®, the popular Lean Six Sigma data analysis software. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowed the application (U.S. Application No. 12/893,884) following a thorough examination and in an environment that has been increasingly hostile to software patents. The newly allowed application covers advances introduced by MoreSteam as part of EngineRoom® data analysis software, specifically an interactive feature called the “DOE Wizard™” that guides users through the proper set-up and interpretation of designed experiments.

Although the allowance of the application is not the grant of a patent, issuance of the patent is expected in due course, and will bring the number of patents granted on EngineRoom® software to a total of six.’s President, Bill Hathaway, was happy about the news: “We are really pleased to hear that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has once again recognized that our innovative software meets the standards for patentability. At MoreSteam, creativity is at the core of everything we do, and it’s rewarding to see our inventions acknowledged and protected by a portfolio of patents. Our approach to data analysis, and particularly higher order statistical procedures, is to make statistical analysis less threatening for non-statisticians.” The newly allowed patent identifies Bill Hathaway and Smita Skrivanek, MoreSteam’s principal statistician, as co-inventors.

EngineRoom is an all-purpose software tool designed to provide process improvement practitioners with a full suite of powerful, simple-to-use data analysis and project completion tools. Increasing the user’s confidence in calculations and decisions founded on the calculated results is a fundamental principle underlying the design and development of EngineRoom software. EngineRoom’s “wizard” functionality assists the user in navigating through proper test selection, ensuring that the underlying assumptions are addressed, and confirming the implications of the user’s choices. Questions prompt proper test and experiment set-up and analysis.

Hathaway commented further: “The real value in data analysis software lies in interpreting the results and acting on them to make sound, data-driven decisions that make a real difference. Features like the hypothesis testing and DOE wizards are two of the reasons that EngineRoom is fast becoming the tool of choice for Lean Six Sigma initiatives.”

About is the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma training and Blended Learning technology, serving over 2,000 corporate clients and over 50% of the Fortune 500 with a full suite of Lean Six Sigma e-Learning courses, EngineRoom® data analysis software, TRACtion® online lean six sigma project tracking software, Crucible® online testing, and SigmaSim® online DMAIC simulations and games. was launched in the year 2000 in response to the high cost of traditional Six Sigma training and data analysis tools, and has now trained over 470,000 Lean Six Sigma professionals. MoreSteam’s mission is to enable people to advance the performance of their organizations by delivering powerful tools for process improvement to the widest possible audience at the lowest price available.

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