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An evening with the Entrepreneurs Organization: Melbourne Chapter

I just had a great evening with 8 real smart guys from the Melbourne chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization. They were staying in Byron and had me in to talk shop and ideas. Over 5 hours we discussed everything from focusing on strengths, to automated task management (tazkmachine) for building contractors, to tile based online magazine publishing (zkimmer) and centralization of personal data in custom screen scraping technology. It was great fun and I encourage any of the guys from that group to email me at to keep the discussion going. As soon as I get patentmachine going I can hardly wait to get their feedback. Thanks guys for a great time... and BTW my Mrs really enjoyed the bottle of red.

ABC Radio - Northern Rivers talkback

It was great fun today with Tony Johnston at Radio ABC in the News South Wales Northern Rivers. His blog can be seen here. I spoke to him a few weeks back when he was following up on the Judges reversal of the $388 million USD jury verdict in favor of a company I founded (Uniloc).

Before talking to people on the phone Tony asked for some good advice for inventors. What came out of that was the following:
Have a go at patenting yourself (ie filing a provisional patent) to get yourself protected while you work out if your invention has legs or not. The book I recommend is called "Patent Pending in 24 hours" and can be purchased from Amazon or downloaded from NOLO press as an e-book if you wasn't to get going ASAP. Advice on how to use the book can be read about here.

Find someone to compliment your weaknesses... if you are great at inventing but cant do sales or cant do business, then build a team that can.. share the equity with them...

Every invention should have a business…

Thanks for the Support

I must say that it has been a wonderful boost to receive all the support and well wishes of people from all over the world and especially from Aussies. In fact some of you were so strong about your feelings, I felt really privileged to have warranted such a sympathetic reaction.

Even the media, especially in Australia has been very fair and to an appropriate degree sympathetic.

As I have said to the Sydney Morning Herald and other newspapers, fighting this battle is not like winning the lottery... you don't buy a ticket, win and go pickup the money... it's a long hard battle.

Even thought the initial win with the jury verdict was good reason to celebrate, the realistic approach is to be ready for the next phase which was anticipated to be a Microsoft appeal... even though we were not expecting what happened (the judge to reverse the jury's decision), we all knew that more rounds were involved.

So yes, I for my part and for my family's part are primed to work past this setb…
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