Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

Correlation is not causation.

Spent a good chunk of the day taking with IP lawyers about integrating the intellectual property needs into the process workflow.

I personally find the whole concept of intellectual property to be an abstraction that was created by IP lawyers for the purpose of granting them a reason to exist. For instance, if I as a sole inventor working in my basement come up with something unique and novel and patentable, the rough cost of getting it through the patent application process is upward of $50k. Then there is the cost of maintaining and defending that patent: a patent is only worth what you can pay to defend it.

I am better served as an individual if I publish the work, making it essentially public domain. It doesn't make me any money, but it does get me some semblance of publicity within my field. That concept tends to make patent attorneys apoplectic.

When I work for a company and I'm hired to design something, I have no problem assigning the patent rights for the workproduct to the company. The IP guys can figure out the patentable stuff. What they don't own is my thoughts, the process by which I came up with the thing that was patentable; nor do they own things that I thought of not within the scope of the work I am doing. I've had companies try to claim that, which is patently offensive (pardon the pun) and it rankles, much like an oath of fealty or corporate loyalty (*cough* Deere *cough*).

Going home now. I love you more than I can say.
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