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The author makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in any portion of, including the posts, comments on posts, and information linked into the blog.  You (the “user” ) bears all risks associated with use of any content posted on the blog. 

By accessing, creating or contributing to (the “blog”) usually hosted at or, and in consideration for the blog service provided to you, you agree to abide by the following Terms of Use (the “Terms”).  These Terms are adapted from the terms of use of Harvard’s Weblog Community.


Please read the Terms carefully before posting to the blog.

1. Rights in the Content You Submit

Any and all works of authorship copyrightable by you and posted by you to the blog are submitted under a fully paid up license to the author.  Under this license, you permit the author to copy, distribute, display and perform your Content, royalty-free.  You also permit the author to distribute derivative works of your Content and to grant sublicenses to anyone.Amongst other things and at my discretion, this license may permit RSS aggregators to copy, distribute, display and perform any Content that you submit. Further, your submission does not create any obligition on the author to publish your submitted Content.

2. Conduct

The author facilitating the blog believes deeply in free speech. However, the author reserves the right to remove certain content that you may post. As a general matter, you may post content freely so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.  You may not use the author’s name to endorse or promote any product, opinion, cause or political candidate. Representation of your personal opinions as endorsed by the author is strictly prohibited. By posting content to the blog, you warrant and represent that you either own or otherwise control all of the rights to that content, including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the content, or that your use of the content is a protected fair use. You agree that you will not knowingly and with intent to defraud provide material and misleading false information. You represent and warrant also that the content you supply does not violate these Terms, and that you will indemnify and hold the author harmless for any and all claims resulting from content you supply.You acknowledge that the author does not necessarily pre-screen or regularly review posted content, but that the author shall have the right to remove in the author’s sole discretion any content that the author considers to violate these Terms, or for reasons unrelated to these Terms.You understand that all content posted to the Blog is the sole responsibility of the individual who originally posted the content. You understand, also, that all opinions expressed by users of this site are expressed strictly in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of the author or his Employer.You agree that the author will not be liable, under any circumstances and in any way, for any errors or omissions, loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of use of any content posted on this site. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the content.

3. Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

This site is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. The author makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the site’s operation or the information, content or materials included on this site. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, the author hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of or inability to use this site. You expressly agree that you use this site solely at your own risk.These posts are not legal advice and are written for the eyes of other patent attorneys and patent agents. This is Jake Ward’s personal site. These posts are not edited by my employer or its clients and, as such, cannot be so attributed. Views expressed here should be double-checked for accuracy and current applicability.

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The nature of blogging is to reach a public audience. Please be aware that any information that you submit to the author, whether through forms or email, including personally identifiable information, may be publicly displayed on the blog, or on websites within or not within our control. If you don’t want others to see such information, don’t submit it.  The author may publicly display the IP addresses of visitors and contributors the blog, and may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with the server, to tailor site content, to format the site and software to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. The author may use aggregate visitor data to prepare publicly displayed reports regarding the traffic on individual blogs, site popularity rankings, and referrers that visitors use to access individual blogs.

5. Modification of These Terms of Use

The author reserves the right to change, at any time, at our sole discretion, the Terms under which these Services are offered. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to all such Terms.

6. Copyright Complaints

You should feel free to copy short sections from the Blog, so long as you attribute the material source. Contact the author if you want to copy an entire post or a series of posts.  You can print out individual posts and send them to a client if source attribution is provided. 

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