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06/12/13
Interviewing Humor.
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 3:11 pm

Yes, there is such a thing as interviewing humor.  It is not
laughing at interviewees, but laughing at the situation we all face.
Tip of the hat to Joe Queenan WSJ, June 1-2, 2013 p. C11

Q:  What is your greatest weakness?
Imagine asking George Washington or Susan B Anthony,
What is your greatest weakness?  What kind of an answer
do you think you would get out of George Patton…
A:  I am completely invulnerable except when exposed to kryptonite…
(Superman)

Q:  Describe a difficult situation at work and how you handled it?
A:  My boss had two sets of books, and the Feds wanted to see the real
numbers.  no way I was going behind Big Al’s back.  So I told them
I don’t see nothin’, I don’t hear nothin’, I don’t know nothin’
(Al Capone’s CPA)
 
Q:  What sort of compensation are you looking for?
A:  Booty would be nice.  Swag. Booty. What have you?
Ill-gotten gains would also be okay.  (Genghis Kan)

Several others in the article.

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Patenting Trends. Proposals to limit NPEs
Filed under: Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 2:57 pm

Science, technology and engineering are many times concerned
about holding patent protection, infringing on someone else’s
patent claims or having a competitor infringe on their existing
patent.

Patent trolls, where NPE non-productive entities hold rights to
patents and litigate against firms when they believe patent claims
have been infringed, provides a challenge to harm US manufacturers
and technological progress.

Ashby Jones summarized recent proposals to roll out executive orders
and seek legislation in June 5 WSJ (subscription required to view).
Two items of note in the article: 
1- there is a 6-fold increase in “troll suits” from ‘06 to ‘12
2- legislative action, which is believed quite important, could have
  unintended consequences for universities and research institutes who
  have troll-like characteristics in that they license patents, rather
  than bring products to market using patents.

University and tech transfer offices of institutes need to pay close
attention where this goes.

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