|Plenty of $ just to get it into the right format,|
I'm afraid. Successful patent applications are mostly
not authored by engineers like me, but by ridiculously
expensive lawyers. I have, I am sorry to admit, danced
that dance, and it was mostly a matter of handing off
our technical documentation to a lawyer who mangled what
I considered a concise, clear and honest description to
become abstract, muddled, dishonest and largely
non-descriptive, while still maintaining the illusion
of describing something.
I honestly think the invention was worthy of a patent,
but the application that was sent to the USPTO
was a lot more vague, general and hand-waving than
what I would have liked it to be, and it claimed
quite a bit of what I would consider pure algorithms.
In spite of that, or perhaps because of that, the
patent was granted. I am not proud of that.
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