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Review: Undue Diligence by Paul Haughey.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2007

 Undue Diligence

We recently had the opportunity to read Undue Diligence, a legal thriller written by a patent attorney at the law firm of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, located in San Francisco, CA.

Undue Diligence was a fast read with a good deal of action.  The protagonist of the story gets caught up in a web of international intrigue involving greedy patent trolls, a breakout of a deadly (manmade?) virus, and threats to the world economy.  The hero of the story is also a patent attorney who must deal with a variety of patent issues along the way.  Right on!

While the novel was written from a patent attorney’s perspective, we don’t necessarily agree with some of the opinions espoused by the hero practitioner (the statement that the “Patent Office hands out patents on non-inventions like candy on Halloween”, for example) .  That being said, Paul does a good job of explaining the “patentese” in the novel and seamlessly weaves it into a story that, for the most part, is very entertaining.

Overall, Undue Diligence is worth checking out if you are a looking for a fast-paced legal thriller to read.  Will the valiant patent attorney save the world, stop the spread of the deadly virus, and succeed in getting the girl?  Read Undue Diligence and find out for yourself!

They Invented What? (No. 59)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 8, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,859,682:  Pet robot charging system. 


What is claimed is:

1. A pet robot charging system comprising a pet robot and a charging apparatus,

said pet robot comprising:
an image-capturing section for capturing an image of an object;
an image-capturing control section for controlling image-capturing by said image-capturing section in response to a predetermined image-capturing instruction;
a storage section for storing image data obtained by image-capturing by said image-capturing section;
a moving portion for autonomously traveling in a work space,
a battery as a power source;
a communication section for transmitting said image data, and for receiving charging position information representing a position to charge said battery, and a reception completion signal for transmission of said image data;
a setting section for setting an erasure confirmation state in order to input confirmation for erasure of the image data corresponding to the reception completion signal from the storage section, when said reception completion signal has been received; and
a control section for controlling said communication section to transmit said image data after said moving portion is controlled based on said charging position information, and for controlling the erasure of said image data from said storage section based on said reception completion signal and the confirmation input by said setting section, when a predetermined condition is satisfied,
and said charging apparatus comprising:
a transmitting/receiving section transmitting said charging position information, receiving said image data transmitted from said communication section, and transmitting said reception completion signal expressing the completion of reception of the image data;
a charging section for charging said battery; and
a storage section for storing the image data received by said transmitting/receiving section.