Here is this morning’s dream.
In my hands I have a patent application on paper. I am walking through the corridors of the London office of the Intellectual Property Office. There are smartly dressed people everywhere. I enter a room where one can file patent applications by hand and on paper. There is a smartly dressed young woman sat behind a desk. I explain that I want to submit an application but because I am not a lawyer and am representing my own intellectual property nobody is taking me seriously. She asks a little of my background. She then writes on a piece of card a long code beginning with the letter K. She hands this to me and suggests that I go to the Whitehall office and hand them this code. This code means that they will take me more seriously. I thank her and leave her office. Once more I am walking down the corridor.
At the end of the corridor, I open a door, and this leads me into the reception area of the Japanese Embassy. There are several men and women on the welcome desk. They seem surprised to see me appearing in their foyer. A man in his thirties in an old-style suit says hello and asks me to explain how I got there. I say that I was trying to file a patent application. He asks on what subjects. I say “quantum optics and entangled photon pairs” his ears prick up. He says that this is something we in Japan are very interested in. From beneath the counter, he pulls out an old-style document holder briefcase. He intimates that they would be helpful if my application was filed in Japan. Hinting that they would bear the costs of translating the application into Japanese. He wants me to hand him the application to put in the briefcase.
I briefly come to and make a mental note of the dream. I then drift back off.
In the dream I can now see a Japanese translation of my patent application. Each paragraph and each diagram have a very light violet coloured stamp of two kanji, two Japanese characters. The kanji are tiny but easily visible because they are glowing somewhat.
I awake thinking that is weird, because it all seemed so very realistic.
Not long done my sous chef thing for dinner. I had to open a new 400g bag of garam masala from my secret spice stash. yummy smell. Some things easily available in the UK are harder to find here but thanks to a 100 euro order on amazon I managed to replenish my spice stash a while back. I have kilner jar after kilner jar of the stuff. In an hour or so I will rattle up a jalfrezi.
We heard that our wood burner is due for delivery next week so it has been all hands to the pump to get the wall ready. I have been filling it and today hand sanding it. I looked a little like a ghost albeit with sweat trickles. It is hard manual labour and then I looked up this on the internet:
My patent application just got published…a day of contrasts..
From the deep pungent brown garam masala to the ghostly white sandings off the wall. I kept imaging aboriginal body paint and didgeridoos whilst I was sanding. I can almost hear them now.
So let us add another contrast:
One can see that the flow is actually a series of discrete events….blending into each other, each a snapshot of the fleeting yet eternal now.
Well I have just received a letter from the Intellectual Property Office in South Wales. The preparations for the publication of my patent application are complete and it will be published on 25th November. I have an “A” designated GB publication number. That publication makes for the record and it will start to have an online footprint which is indelible. It is a self-written application without any legal input and filed under my home address, a small village in rural Brittany. There is no corporate or commercial entity associated, and I am without affiliation, an amateur application by an eccentric. The address of this house will be linked to that application, for ever.
Whether this is but a tiny, tiny ripple or is causative of something more substantive, remains to be seen.
I have a little over six months to pay the ~£150 for substantive examination, if I don’t do this the IPO will assume it to be withdrawn.
I know that there is massive worldwide interest in quantum optics patents, someone will read it, if only the title and the abstract. I will appear as a data entry in some spread sheets about patents, this one will be down as filed in France, so it will add to the French tally of patent applications in this area.
I had considered filing the patent in Welsh, but it was pretty complicated so to do:
“Apparatus to Produce Entangled Photon Pairs”
“Cyfarpar i gynhyrchu parau ffoton”
I can’t stop it now, it is unstoppable.