By davidleetodd on Jan 13, 2006
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.