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Comment: Who owns the patent? (Score 1) 224

by Kevoco (#48154945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

If you have a patentable idea but no patent, your employment effectively makes your new employer an investor in a future patent filing- and they will expect you to assign it to them as an employee. Most employment agreements have space for your to list your various existing ideas, but good luck when it comes to defining existing versus new.

If a patent does exist, who is it assigned to right now? Whoever that is has an opportunity to license it, and can use you as a vector. Even if your new potential employer doesn't wish to license, they may feel that your field of expertise is your truest value, but you will find yourself wandering into areas you have explored, and no doubt find applications for the patent.

Comment: I love my local public library network (Score 1) 165

by Kevoco (#47666425) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

I don't mean their LAN, I mean the network of libraries with a shared online card catalog and the ability to reserve a book and then receive an email when it has arrived.
My local library is part of BCCLS - - 75 Public Libraries in NJ's Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties

With so many libraries contributing to the inventory, I rarely find myself needing to purchase a book from Amazon. I am an Amazon Prime member, I buy lots of other stuff for sure.

Comment: Re: Verizon's customers (Score 3, Insightful) 390

by Kevoco (#47483191) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

"it's Verizon's customers who are causing all this bandwidth usage"
Let's pause to re-read that: Verizon's customers. Ah yes, those people who pay Verizon $x each month for y mbp/s of bandwidth. Those foolish people who actually expect Verizon to deliver on what is being paid for.

And then Verizon passive aggressively acts like the problem is not of their own making.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.