Last night I watched Carl Malamud’s fascinating, inspiring, and informative WWW2010 address in which he discussed his 10 Rules for Radicals, a strategy for working with (or against) bureaucracies. I won’t summarize here; watch the video.
I will point out, however, that using very much the same rhetoric that Carl articulated so eloquently, Google has announced that it is making available for free download about 10 terabytes of patent and trademark data. This is great news for those interested in doing their own patent searches in ways that publicly-available systems (e.g., Google Patent search, USPTO, etc.) cannot support. It’s also great news for information retrieval and data-mining researchers who can now access a lot of data in a straight-forward manner.