Life in the Inventions Fast Lane


Anyone who aspires to be an inventor leads a difficult life up to time they actually invent something, patent their idea and retire.

These days it’s probably a good idea to take the money you make from any invention and put it in escrow.  Chances are you may need most of it to pay for legal fees as you try to prevent others from bringing ‘knockoffs’ to market.

We learned recently that the inventions business is getting more and more difficult.  In a way, this is what we might have expected – as the number of protected items increases, anything you invent is more and more likely to infringe the rights of others.

But, wait, based on recent court decisions, a triangular (for the time being) smartphone is OK, but not a rectangular phone. If you are in the process of inventing a new triangular phone, you might want to steer clear of the color white, so my recommendation is use a different color for your triangular phone. And, hurry up, because the supply of colors is limited.

Clearly, inventions are becoming more and more sophisticated – take the Asus Padfone where you get a tablet with a little door in the back that you can open and insert your phone.  Nice idea!  Now you have most or perhaps even all of the functionality of your phone, on a large screen, with additional tablet features on top of this. Or, maybe you should say on the bottom, just in case someone manages to get a patent on the position of features on devices.

I look forward to getting a PadFone – let’s just hope Asus does not decide to take out a patent on “doors”.

At last count I have fifteen doors at or in my house. I would hate to have to pay a royalty each time I enter/leave a room, or, have to comply with a court order to remove all of my doors.

About kwkeirstead@civerex.com

Management consultant and process control engineer (MSc EE) with a focus on bridging the gap between operations and strategy in critical infrastructure protection, healthcare, connect-the-dots law enforcement investigations, job shop manufacturing and b2b organizations. (C) 2010-2017 Karl Walter Keirstead, P. Eng. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and are not connected with Jay-Kell Technologies Inc, Civerex Systems Inc. (Canada), Civerex Systems Inc. (USA) or CvX Productions.
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