It is early in the holiday season, but not for mail-order... I'm also posting this list now to give you ample time to forward the list to potential gift-givers. Here are a dozen holiday gifts for patent law professionals.
- Knives? Yes patent attorneys can be excellent cooks if given the right tools and the right cook books. In my home, I use the very best unpretentious inexpensive knives on the market: Swiss Made Victorinox with Fibrox handles. A solid 8-inch chef knife sells for $26 at Amazon. The best cookbook is by Cooks Illustrated.
- I have not tried this one -- The Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad. This futuristic device works according to independent reviews that I read. The idea is that a little device wirelessly connects to your computer, phone, or tablet and then uses a laser to project a workable keyboard onto a flat surface! My photo here shows it in use with an iPad, but it works well with non-Apple equipment. $170. Watch it on YouTube.
- Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, by Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner.
- Kindle is still a good bet. I'd go with either the Kindle Touch 3G (without special offers) or else the new Kindle Fire.
- Digital Microscope with USB port to plug directly into the computer: Nature + Technology for $99.
- Utilikey 6-in-1 tool.
- A Blue Laser Pointer.
- Really strong fridge magnets made of the rare earth metal neodymium. ($8 for 10).
- For those long nights at trial: http://www.iamastuffedanimal.com/
- Mini-Tripod ($3).
- BBQ Skewers: Link ($10)
(Special thanks to Erik Flom of Husch Blackwell for his help in compiling this list.)