December 17th, 2004

little blue dog

wOOt

I just handled my first client inquiry call!!

I've been petrified of this day ever since I began work here, but the guy threw me a softball:

GUY: "Hey, if something was approved for a patent in China over a year ago, can we patent it in the US?"

ME: "Well, probably not. Do you know if it was published?"

GUY: "Let's assume it was."

ME: "OK. Assuming it was published or patented over one year ago, then we can't."

wOOt! A definitive answer! This is much better than something like "Hey, the Wachowski brothers ripped off my script for The Matrix. Can I sue?"

(Actually that would be an easy question too, since someone just did. And won.)
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