Digressions On Itinerant Geekery
Things I'm Doing Now

Practicing patent law -- writing and prosecuting patent applications, mostly relating to biotech and/or computational stuff, mostly for small companies and individual scientists and engineers.

Thinking and writing about patent strategy, especially for early-stage research and development in complex technologies, aiming at an eventual book.

Experimenting with some of my own ideas, mostly relating to biotech or computation/AI or both. Patents on two of my own ideas are here and here.

Adjusting to expat life as a transplanted Kano living on an island in the southern Philippines.

Things I've Done In The Past

(In no particular order) -- homeschooled my son, flown an Aeronca Chief around northern Mexico, built a small boat, worked as an aerospace research engineer, filed some lawsuits and conducted a few trials, written many thousands of lines of computer code, worked in a large national law firm, written a textbook on civil litigation, worked in a copper mine, managed a large class action lawsuit, lived in a Spanish-only household, worked as an apprentice locksmith, sailed a lot, lived in Mexico, lived in the Philippines, co-owned and managed a Spanish newspaper business, been a foster parent, did a PhD dissertation on peptide binding, built several room additions, worked as a highway engineer, conducted a pro bono law practice in a poverty area, moved an entire household across an ocean, designed and taught online programming courses, rebuilt a few car engines and a truck front end, played cello in a symphony orchestra, worked on patents in a large biotech research lab, worked as a community college professor . . . the adventure continues . . .

Professional Qualifications

Registered patent attorney, Reg. No. P38869

Member in good standing of Arizona State Bar Association since 1975
Admitted to practice before federal and state courts of Arizona
PhD in biomedical engineering, Arizona State University 2010.

Click here for CV.

Today's Quote

"So what advantage is there today to the nation state? Boundaries between states enshrine and exacerbate inequalities and prevent the free movement of peoples. Large and prosperous state and state-related organizations and locations attract the envy and hostility of others and are sitting duck targets for terrorist action. Technologies of communication and transportation now make geographically-defined communities increasingly irrelevant and provide the new elites and new entrepreneurs with ample opportunity to stand outside them. Economies construct themselves in spite of state management and money flees taxation as relentlessly as water follows gravity. Who will undergo the greatest destabilization as the state evaporates and its artificial protections and obstacles disappear? The sooner it happens, the more likely it is to be the United States. The longer it takes ... well, perhaps the new Chinese empire isn't quite the landscape-dominating leviathan of the future that it wants to be. Perhaps in the end it will be Mao who was right, and a hundred flowers will bloom there."
-- James O'Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University