• warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to gmap_gmap() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • warning: Parameter 1 to tac_lite_node_grants() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rbezemer/softwarebyrichard.com/includes/module.inc on line 483.

My First Patent Application

I've been waiting for this to show up online for quite some time.


http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20100153160

 

This is the text of the first patent application I was a major contributor to and even though I'm still on the fence on the usefulness of software patents, it's still kind of exciting to have your name attached to one!

This application came from a research project I was working on at SMART. It was an extremely fun project that I am still very proud of. It was mashing together Flash, our custom SMARTFlash Whiteboarding API, AMFPHP, and the Microsoft CDO libraries (which are the libraries that allow external third party tools to talk to a Microsoft exchange server). While even I barely understand what the patent says, the key technology was creating a map of our office, and allowing you to drag and drop people from their desks, into a meeting room, and spontaneously book that meeting room for that group of people you just dragged into the meeting room. It was a very cool project and a whole lot of fun.

I don't know what it's like in other peoples offices, but at that office we were continually bumped from our meeting rooms, and it was a pain in the neck to have to run back to your desk, search all the rooms to see what was free and get everyone back together again, this application saved us hours of running around trying to find free resources in our office!

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