When I was in middle school, our social studies teacher gave us what seemed like a simple assignment: write 5 things we wanted to accomplish on a piece of loose-leaf paper, and seal it in an envelope. The envelopes were handed back to us when we picked up our graduation caps and gowns in 1998.
One of my aspirations? Get my first patent by the time I left high school. I guess I underestimated just how expensive and time-consuming a proposition that was, and needless to say it didn’t happen.
But at least I can finally check that item off my list now, a little over a decade later; as of September 2nd, it’s official: US Patent number 7,421,356 is on the books!
Update (2008-09-10) – You can check out the patent’s front page in PDF here.