The wheels of government do not turn quickly, but they do turn. Six years after our initial inventions, five years after our company’s acquisition, and about four years after we each moved on to new lines of work, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office just awarded #9,026,261 for “Methods and systems for managing energy usage in buildings” to the GroundedPower team of Mike Bukhin, Paul Cole, Demetrie Tyler and myself.
The vast majority of what I’ve done is open-source and will continue to be so. I’m largely convinced that shared innovation tends to be the most valuable to society. Still, it’s neat to have an official U.S. government document accredit me as an inventor and a childhood goal pretty much accomplished. Now all I need is my astronaut’s license.