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“Google tried to patent my work after a job interview” Patent Pandas @Patentpandas @qijie

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What started as just a visit quickly turned into a job interview. I was even invited to share my work directly with Regina Dugan, the director of ATAP at that time! I was excited, thinking perhaps I would be invited for a summer internship. It turned out they found my work so relevant that they offered me a job on the spot.   

It was a tough choice: I was two years into my PhD and would’ve had to take a leave from the program to pursue this project. After asking many people, the advice was clear: stay in school. So I decided to turn down the offer and continue pursuing my PhD. That’s where the glitter ends.

Two years later, in March 2016 I find out from some paper engineering friends that some of the same people who had interviewed me had also applied for patents on interactive pop-up books with electronics.  These patents covered many of the same things that had discussed, that I’d showed them, with no mention of my or others’ work in the field. 

Read more, Patent Panda video, site, and post on bunnie’s site with a good overview.

PatentPandas.org is a new resource built to explain (scary!) patent law using (not-scary!) panda comics. The site also shares stories of everyday inventors who have had adventures (or misadventures) dealing with patents, and highlights what they learned in the process. We’re celebrating the launch with speakers Jie Qi (MIT Media Lab, Berkman Klein Center), Carol Lin (Harvard Law School, Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic), May Qi (Brown University), and Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Lab).

Interviews at Google in the news lately it seems.


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