Editor Art Aisner email@example.com
6:24 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Ken was a friend and a victim of the recession which killed the car industry. He was a sweet mild pannered person, a great mentor and very patient. Ken worked for a web attorney I hired, so I never met him: we communicated on issues related to a patent I had written which was granted last May. Throughout this relationship, he appeared to be calm happy person: he had what the English call a stiff upper lip.
More recently, I discovered that a filing he was supposed to have made for me in the EU six months ago, never went through and I then discovered that the European part of our patent, had died. I spoke to another attorney, who told me it might be possible to revive the patent, but I would have to demonstrate the reasons why the fee was not paid. What I discovered logging on to the Oakland country registry is that Ken's income had an IRS lean on it, along with the fact that the Jarrells lost a fortune selling their house. I concluded that Ken was between a rock and a hard place, and attempting to recover anything from Ken, would be impossible: also destroying a man's career who served me well, posed a moral problem, so I did nothing.
I heard from Ken just before Christmas, when he responded to my EU problem that his lack of funds created. I subsequently figured out that Ken's real problem was a hard fought divorce. He was a caring well mannered Intellectual Property attorney whose work made it possible for us to eventually turn a single patent into 8. I will miss Ken.
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