My brother pointed out to me that my name shows up (finally!) on a US patent application search.
The patent advanced search engine is highly fielded but has one of the worst interfaces I have used in a long time. I finally figured out how to query it to find our application on what I call the “Visual Next Click Analysis Tool” that we used in-house.
This is much like the Omniture Click Map feature, which I love.
A patent attorney friend told me that only 3% of all patents that are issued actually generate commercial value.
Another patent attorney recently showed me a patent on a way to comb your hair from four different sides to cover up male baldness. So some patents are silly.
But it is still nice to see your name in lights, er, online, every once in a while. 🙂
(Note: I left MyFamily.com in Feb 2002 and haven’t been directly involved with the company since then. I am not a company insider.)