In the relatively near future, I will be leaving my in-house position to take a mid-senior level associate position with a local firm. Since my commute will be increasing to ~25-30 minutes each way (normal in my state), I started thinking about how I could make the best use of my in-car commute time.
As a busy attorney, one thing I have always struggled with is finding the time to keep up with Federal Circuit case law and BPAI decisions. It is particularly hard to find the time to read decisions that do not pertain specifically to my primary area of practice, which most folks here know is patent prosecution. So, I have started to think about ways I could help myself and other busy attorneys tackle this issue without using any "working" hours (i.e., hours that would normally be billed to a project).
My latest idea, which may prove unworkable, is a "case a day" IP audio blog. In essence, it would consist of me or a colleague reading the text of a Federal Circuit case or a BPAI opinion. Alternatively, the speech could be generated by using one of the text to speech tools that are commonly available, such as the text 2 speech engine that is built into Adobe Acrobat Pro (if accurate, the latter could be a much better option as it requires significantly less effort on my part). Periodically, the audio blog could focus on particular topics within the relevant area of law, e.g., "induced infringement week," "Damages week," "BPAI madness week" etc. The goal is to make a "case on tape" that attorneys can listen to during their morning/afternoon commute.
Is this something any of you would find useful? Given the subject matter, I recognize that an audio blog such as this has the potential to be exceedingly dull. But it does seem to address a problem by repurposing time that would otherwise be wasted.