I work at a special ed school and in the horseshoe we argued about barbeque all year long. Our egos got in the way. Family traditions rose to the surface. Only they make the greatest barbeque ever and only they know of the greatest barbeque place of all time. They would rather stop breathing than concede defeat.
I listened to their tall tales all year long and I couldn’t take it anymore. I warned them. I surely did. It wasn’t an idle threat. I up and took off on a BBQ tour of the Midwest to settle the question. All along my path things happened: apple flavor here, spicy over there, wedgy fries, a car wreck, a blowtorch, Tommy happened, Bear happened, a lightning blast, baseball, and those naughty rotund guys; curveballs if you will. Then I organized a Ribfest at school.
But I soon took to traveling again. And I redefined random. The Fever showed up, a black box, a family reunion, and an idol for the ages. And then I traveled again, and again. What started out as something modest ballooned into something far beyond modest.
Who has the best barbeque? Where is the best barbeque? Admit it. You’ve asked those questions yourself, haven’t you? We’ve all gotten that urge to hop in the car and go. I did. We all have an Uncle Joe who has the best sauce and the best ribs using secret ingredients we’ll never find out in our lifetime. So come join me. It’s the journey more than the destination.
I was an Adjunct Professor and taught a business law course on the United States Intellectual Property System. I found that very few people understood even the basics of our system. What’s a patent? What’s a copyright? What’s a trade secret? What’s a trademark? What about the international situation? In my classes students got lost and overwhelmed by all the complexities and jargon. When I talked to businessmen, managers, corporate executives, authors, inventors, international businessmen, musicians, film makers, educators, entrepreneurs, and even engineers they usually didn’t have a clue about any of this, yet their future depended on it. Perhaps you are in a foreign country and wish to do business in the United States.
I designed this book for the person who knows absolutely nothing about our system. Complex material has been taken down from the mountaintop and simplified into creative easy to understand bite sized pieces, using easy to follow real world examples to illustrate key points. I deliberately kept it short; less overwhelming that way. Don’t worry, this will solve the jargon clutter for you.
Are you a student, businessman, educator, entrepreneur, inventor, international businessman, author, musician, film maker, manager, corporate executive or even an engineer? Are you in a foreign country and wish to do business here in the United States? You want to learn about our system, yet don’t know where to begin? Is what you are currently looking at overwhelming, confusing, and complex? Feeling frustrated? Stop worrying. Creative. Simple. Easy. tested.