Patent #7,627,854 – Graphical Aid for Generating Object Setup Scripts

I discovered today that nearly four years after filing our initial patent paperwork that our US patent was finally issued. A few months back, we received a Chinese patent for the same submission (#ZL200710001513.4).

You can read more about the work that went into this submission and also read the patent itself.

Recently, the tool that inspired this patent was bundled as embedded feature of the IBM InfoSphere Replication Server Version 9.7 that shipped to customers this last June.

Photo of the actual Chinese patent:

Information developer or software engineer? Or something in between?

I have a really hard time describing my role to people outside of IBM.  If I wanted to be lazy and did not want to go into details and explain all my different projects, I would likely quickly state that I am a technical writer.

I do not consider myself to be a technical writer though because I believe the term is so limiting. I worked as a web developer for five years while I was completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication, which is from the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Most of my work experience has been in the realm of web development and my degree work was an even mix of user experience engineering and technical writing. Continue reading