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Zen Pinball has had a Tesla table for years, its kind of an obvious idea, similar to how Alice in Wonderland is.
Quoted from toyotaboy:
I don't know about WMS, but engineering in general:
20 years ago you'd probably get $500 bonus and a bronze plaque with your patent on it
10 years ago you "might" get a plaque
Today, you don't get crap other than recognition (your name comes up in patent search). You work for a company, the company owns the patent, be glad you're working
At no point does an engineer ever benefit from patents, the company owns those. Patents don't really earn money (unless it's royalties). Patents prevent others from designing the same thing, or it's a negotiation tactic (I'll let you use my patent if you let me use yours).
I work at a Fortune 500 doing some engineering, we still get plaques and a cool 1500 for a patent so your mileage may vary on this. If its just a good idea you get a 100 for just submitting that, 750 if its a really good idea but not worth patenting. Some of these dudes around here submit an idea a week it seems like, easy money. All that being said, patents in engineering seem to be just a huge game for the most part that basically prevents companies from using the nuclear option on each other and are rarely used offensively and more defensively if at all.
Yup Rockwell Collins. Its funny reading through all the disclosures, one guy had an idea for mounting a mini gun on front of a plane to eliminate bird strikes, that had a DENIED next to it, but for the most part if its a well thought out patentable idea they give you the benefit of the doubt on the submittal, it is a lot harder to get to the next stage of course, but people do every week.
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