The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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This blog, unlike those I have done before, is focused on my consulting work in the litigation support domain. Since I am working with technology, I thought I would start looking at interesting patents, which I find through the patent dispute process, and discuss them in the context of how I would approach them as an expert.

I am the primary inventor on 11 US patents in the technology space. I was personally involved in their prosecution. I have been involved in several patent disputes in the past and while I have yet to testify at trial, I have been through the other stages of the process.

In addition to inventing those patents, I also owned them for a while, as they were assigned to me after leaving my last company. I ultimately went through the patent disposition process as well, working with a broker to sell them. Each aspect of my involvement in the patent process has taught me quite a bit about how it works.

In the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing different aspects of the patent process from my own unique perspective. I expect to discuss:

  • An Expert’s perspective on patent litigation. I get a daily report of new patent cases filed in the United States from the folks at Rational Patent (RPX). In all fairness, I don’t have time to go through all the complaints filed on a given day normally, so I pick those that look of interest to me.
  • My perspective on patent prosecution. What distinguishes a good patent from a bad patent from my perspective as an expert as well as someone who has gone through more than a dozen patent prosecutions.
  • My experiences in monetizing my patents. For small inventors, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of the patent process. Indeed, it is only by going through the process that I’ve learned quite a bit about the process and how it works.

As an expert, one of my goals is to help demystify technology as much as possible. Arthur C. Clarke said: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. My goal is to demystify the technology, so it is no longer magic. Hence, my tag line, a portmanteau to honor Clarke’s memory: Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.

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