I, Luddite

At the old SeeBeyond, I was the patent coordinator. Over four years, I increased our portfolio of filed patent applications from three to 24. I was rather proud of this, but today I am turning the keys over to ... a robot. Yep, automation strikes again. Sun uses an online system in which any employee can submit a patent idea, which will then be evaluated by a Patent Review Committee for possible filing as a completed patent application. The system seems to work well, since Sun has thousands of issued patents, but it is a little disconcerting to see one of my major activities turned over to a web site.

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That reminds me how early in my career (about 1978, I think) I was literally replaced by a computer. Three of us engineers were in a small basement office. When the new Intel x86 development machine arrived, I was kicked out of the room to make room for the big blue box. :)

Posted by Mark Dixon on January 14, 2006 at 12:11 AM PST #

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