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!