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I'm a consultant in intellectual property matters, helping clients with their patent and trademark (and some copyright) problems. I have degrees in chemistry (U. Chicago, Harvard) and law (U. Calif. Hastings), and I have been a registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1989. Most of my work is in the biopharmaceutical, nanotechnology, and software industries.

I started learning TeX in graduate school and enjoyed playing with it over the years. When I opened my own business a few years ago, I junked my Microsoft misery and took up LaTeX and Linux for my business and pleasure computing. I have no regrets. I use LaTeX for all of my professional writing, even for chemical structures. I hope to do more evangelizing of LaTeX to those who need a better solution for academic quality typesetting in non-academic environments.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
11
comment xwatermark and draftmark packages stopped working
Thanks, Gonzalo. I agree with your point about the number of packages, but this is a template I use and I hadn't gotten around to cleaning it up. And as I wrote, it worked prior to the update yesterday. Unfortunately, even if I delete all of the packages except for xwatermark I get a new error: ERROR: Undefined control sequence. --- TeX said --- <argument> ...e \@tempdima \@parboxrestore \color {\wmk@textcolor }\cptdimde... l.25 \end{document}
Jul
10
asked xwatermark and draftmark packages stopped working
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15
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
19
answered How to convert TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?
Mar
19
comment How to convert TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?
Sadly, I have to agree with this response. I too was one of those who had the interest and energy to learn how to get the most out of Word (or WordPerfect for that matter), usually just by thinking about my current project and how I could draft a good document. I certainly spent a lot of time helping colleagues, but the reality was they had no interest in learning how to use the software to make documents; they just were putting words on their screen. Under those conditions, I don't see how you can get anyone to make the investment of time and effort to learn LaTeX.
Oct
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awarded  Editor
Oct
10
revised Draft watermark image just in a \section
added 51 characters in body
Oct
10
answered Draft watermark image just in a \section
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awarded  Supporter
Jul
24
comment Problem With updmap-sys
Thanks, Hurwicz! I tried Alan's suggestion, and that seemed to fix the problem.
Jul
24
comment Problem With updmap-sys
Thanks Alan! Your fix seemed to do the trick. Cheers!
Jul
24
awarded  Student
Jul
24
asked Problem With updmap-sys
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awarded  Teacher
Aug
16
answered converting Latex to OpenOffice