Women in Tech Panel at DisplayWeek

I will be on a panel, “Women in Tech” at DisplayWeek in L.A. this coming May.  Will you be there?

(Addendum 5/27/17:  The panel was too short… but some of the conversations that occurred at the reception afterwards were enlightening.)

First Draft of Novel

All the Stars are Suns is now in first draft form.  It is shorter than is usually recommended for SciFi books at only 75K words.  Though from what I’ve read, it is better to be on the low end for a first novel.  I am looking for beta readers to give me feedback on it.  If interested, send a note?

I intend to self-publish this as an eBook, perhaps on Amazon Kindle.

USPTO Examiner Training

It’s nice to be appreciated… I just got this note from Michelle Lee, the Director of the USPTO,

March 22, 2016

Candice H. Brown Elliott
c/o Nouvoyance, Inc.
874 Gravenstien Hwy. South, Suite 14
Sebastopol, CA 54572

RE: TC 2600 Technology Fair, Patent Examiner Training Program

Dear Candice H. Brown Elliott,

Thank you for you presentation to our patent examiners about Image Reconstruction and Color Reproduction on Subpixelated Displays on March 14, 2016 for the USPTO’s Patent Examiner Technical Training Program.

One of my top priorities is to ensure that we have a scientifically well-trained examiner workforce.  The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program is designed to achieve that priority by giving examiners direct access to technical experts like you who are willing to share their knowledge about prior art and industry standards for both emerging and established technologies.  In turn, we are able to build a world-class patent system because the information that examiners learn through the program helps to streamline patent examination, result in quicker final dispositions, and produce even higher quality patents.

Thank you again for your participation in the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program.  I very much appreciate your efforts, time, and contributions.


Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Daydreaming Superpower

Whitney Johnson gave me a shout out in a recent article on Mashable, “How to figure out what you’re good at (not just what you’re passionate about)”,

What made you stand out as a child?

As children we do what we love to do — even if it makes us an oddity. When you look back on your childhood pastimes, you are likely to discover an innate talent. In elementary school, Candice Brown Elliott’s classmates teasingly called her “Encyclopedia Brown” after the character in the children’s books. She recounts, “All the kids thought I was the smartest kid in school, but most of my teachers were deeply frustrated because I got only average grades. I was labeled an underachiever.” Instead, she says, “I daydreamed of having animated conversations with famous people like Madame Curie. I daydreamed of building the first true Artificial Intelligence (AI) that would reside in my bedroom closet. I daydreamed about how to build floating cities, great inventions, and new forms of art.”

Four decades later, Elliott holds 90 U.S.-issued patents. Her most famous invention, PenTile, color flat-panel display architecture, is shipping in hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs, and high-resolution televisions. She founded a venture-backed company to develop this technology, and later sold it to Samsung. As a child, Elliott’s daydreaming was considered odd by her classmates and tremendously frustrating by her teachers. As an adult, her daydreaming, autodidactic approach is her superpower.

Is there something that made you peculiar when you were young? Could it actually be your superpower?

Now with Twitter!

I broke down and signed up for a twitter account:  @Display_Geek

USPTO Silicon Valley Start-up Conference

I will be speaking on a panel at the USPTO Silicon Valley Start-up Conference in San Jose on the 16th of October:


I hope to see you there.

(Addendum 10/17/15:  The panel talk went great.  Interestingly, I got a chance to comment on the topic of creativity and how to improve it in oneself.  If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it and will continue to visit my blog here.)

Addendum 11/10/15:  I received the following letter today:

November 10, 2015
Candice Elliott, Nouvoyance Inc.
Dear Candice,
On behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I extend my sincere thanks for collaborating, once again, with our office, this time participating in the Silicon Valley Startup Seminar held October 16, 2015, at the USPTO regional office in San Jose, California. Your involvement during the fireside chat was instrumental in making the seminar a success. You and Stephen Key provided the audience with an enlightening and inspiring discussion. I have no doubt this information will be useful to many of the attendees as they pursue their business aspirations.
For over 200 years the USPTO has helped Americans protect their intellectual property by issuing patents and registering trademarks and thus maintaining the engine of innovation. Small businesses and entrepreneurship are cornerstones of the U.S. economy, and offering IP education and resources to both established and aspiring inventors and business owners is a primary goal of our agency. Facilitating such important opportunities is precisely our objective for these conferences, and you contributed significantly to the positive experience of the attendees.
Thank you again for your involvement with the Silicon Valley Startup Seminar.
Anthony Knight Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting) Office of Innovation Development United States Patent and Trademark Office

Back to the Future

OK Fans… My latest Display Daily editorial, the one on uLED based displays is now available: