I am NOT a patent attorney. I don't know patent law and litigation issues and have not kept up with much of the furor around software patents & regulations.
My patents all stem primarily from my 10+ years at Motorola Labs, the R&D (research & development) arm of Motorola. I ended my tenure there in 2012 as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SABA). During that time, I served as a reviewer (subject matter expert) for multiple internal patent review committees, a champion (department-level mentor) to help first-time innovators navigate the process, and an innovator (author of patent disclosures with at least 1 issued patent).
Since I left Motorola, I have worked as an independent consultant and systems architect for multiple early-stage startups. In at least one case, I helped them identify critical IP that helped protect their idea in a competitive market, and was key to their securing funding and a buyout later.
I am also currently an industry advisor and mentor to students at SUNY New Paltz, where we are exploring ideas bridging IoT and the Share Economy. Again, I find cases where the research & development work done on these early-stage concepts could benefit from IP protection, if only to give projects the time and resources needed to take them further.
I am happy to talk about what the process is (from the innovator's perspective) and how strategies that were useful to me in identifying the core invention. There are some things that I cannot talk about, and some things that I am not qualified to talk about.
That said, I do wear multiple hats - I manage the Google Developer Group NYC (tech meetup), run training events (Study Camps), organize dev conferences (DevFestNYC) and am passionate about education and workforce retraining.
Ask me anything!
Most people want to make things perfect. Sometimes we evaluate the complexity of an upcoming goal or a problem. So, the fear to not complete it perfectly or "wrong" (Yeah, who are judges? 🤔) stops us even from trying.