I just noticed that my little video about AI patents and enablement is approaching 500 views since I uploaded it last Wednesday. That’s exceeding my expectations by far, so:
Thank you all so much for your likes, shares and comments on Youtube and LinkedIn!
Here’s the video, in case you’ve missed it:
That said, there’s much going on in the “patents and artificial intelligence” space these days. The Enlarged Board of Appeal published some preliminary remarks in the G1/19 referral concerning the patentability of computer simluations. The oral proceedings will take place next Wednesday, 15 July and it’s possible to attend via live streaming.
This will most probably be a historical case, so I’ll be watching the live stream, of course. I plan to make a short video with my first reactions right after the hearing. That one will hopefully be up on Wednesday evening.
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Before your startup signs that joint development agreement with a big corporation, be sure to file proper patent applications.
After the agreement is signed, there is only a “collective you”, so now is the time to document your ownership of the IP that you will bring into the project.
PS: This thought got a good amount of traction on LinkedIn. One commenter rightly added that it’s very important to define in the development agreement what happens with the IP generated within the project. He said “Make i.a. sure that you have access to this IP to be able to market your products (and not to be blocked) in the area of business that is important to your company.”
Some folks asked me to share some of my productivity hacks, so here’s one of them:
At the end of each workday, I select the exact tasks I want/need to work on tomorrow. I put them in my calendar (yes, I really make appointments with myself). I make sure that everything I will need is directly in reach.
This involves things like:
Putting the paper file on my desk if I’ll work in the office
Downloading the files I’ll need from our document management system if I’ll be working from home
Putting that booking number directly into my calendar appointment so that I can check-in for my flight right-away
Putting the text for that scheduled social media post directly into my calendar appointment (having a clear structure for time sinks like social media is probably a topic for another hack)
You see, the overall goal is to minimize “ramp-up time” in everything I do.
Disclaimer: This works for me, but might not work for you obviously, so apply with caution.
Please let me know if this is helpful, and I might share more productivity hacks. Also, please don’t be selfish and share one of your productivity hacks in the comments 😉
My work backlog was just about to get somewhat tense, so this week’s focus was on down-to-earth patent prosecution work. Also, this week I had an unusual amount of unplanned but urgent things coming in, which always bears the risk of sacrificing the important for the urgent (think quadrants 1 and 2 in Stephen Covey’s time management matrix 😉). It was a good stress test for my scheduling and prioritization skills.
Personal takeaway: Plan ahead, but don’t overplan.
Schedule your week ahead of time to make sure you move forward on your quadrant 2 projects (not (yet) urgent but important), BUT:
Reserve an empty time block every day to take account of quadrant 1 things (urgent and important).
Minimize quadrant 3 (urgent but not important) activities to the extent possible, and eliminate quadrant 4 completely (not urgent and not important).
This is actually taken from Stephen Covey’s all time classic “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, which I can highly recommend. I just finished listening to the abridged 3-hour version on Audible and will now start the full book.
Happy Friday everyone, here’s what happened in my week:
I attended the (very helpful) “Opposition and Appeal” seminar by epi and the EPO. One highlight was Marcus Müller‘s presentation of the new Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (Mr Müller is the chairman of one of the Boards of Appeal and was part of the drafting group that created the new rules).
The new rules codify the current trajectory of the Boards to make the appeal procedure a judicial review only and not a second substantive instance. For the parties, the new rules mean that the procedure is heavily front-loaded, forcing everyone to file all requests, facts, objections, arguments and evidence as early as possible.
Let me know if this is an interesting topic and I’ll maybe share more.