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HarrisonBergeron
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Ethics q: showing portfolio of apps you've written
« on: Dec 13th, 2005, 11:43am »
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I have been working as a patent engineer for a while now, and am hoping to take the patent bar this coming Spring.
 
The first applications I wrote are just starting to get published, and I'm almost ready to submit a couple of my own personal applications.  I believe it's ethical to show these to prospective employers since they are either publicly published or are my own property.
 
However, I have a few very good ones that I wrote recently.  They've been filed, but won't be published for at least a year.
 
Is it a breach of professional ethics to allow a prospective employer (not a competing tech firm, but an IP firm) to view (not copy, not keep) these applications at an interview?  Should I get client permission (in writing or verbal?)?  Would a firm even want to see them, or would this be a giant no-no that would actually hurt my chances?
 
Also, what about office action responses which have already been processed, some of which are for patents that have now been issued?
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Re: Ethics q: showing portfolio of apps you've wri
« Reply #1 on: Dec 13th, 2005, 12:25pm »
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If you showed me filed, unpublished applications during an interview, I would not have a favorable impression of your understanding of and committment to client confidentiality.
 
I would not even consider asking my client for permission to disclose an unpublished application.
 
 
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Re: Ethics q: showing portfolio of apps you've wri
« Reply #2 on: Dec 13th, 2005, 12:42pm »
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Sigh.  I was afraid of that.  I guess I'll have to rely on my own apps and the few published ones (which were pretty heavily edited by my manager), then.
 
(Just for the record, I don't even review stuff on the subway lest someone peek over my shoulder.)
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Re: Ethics q: showing portfolio of apps you've wri
« Reply #3 on: Jan 9th, 2006, 1:01pm »
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It would certainly be totally inappropriate to show unpublished patent applications to a prospective employer.  These are confidential and showing them to a potential employer would be a breach in confidentiality and could result in very severe sanctions and may result in court proceedings.  Simple answer: don't do it, never do it, don't even think about doing that.
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