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Meet Marty McEnroe: Director of Data Insights, Holder of Patents, Settlers of Catan Enthusiast

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For most of us, it's not often that you go from talking about Settlers of Catan to autonomous vehicles and patents in one conversation, but that's a day in the life of Martin (Marty) McEnroe, director of data insights at the AT&T Chief Data Office. No matter your background or interests, Marty's story is chock-full of tips and inspiration. Here's Marty to tell you more.

Have you ever shopped online? If so, you've probably used an online shopping cart to "store" your purchases. Now, you probably don't give your cart a second thought as you check out, but this intuitive feature was part of a set of bright new ideas in the late '80s and early '90s. Technically, a patent is “a government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention." This might sound complicated, but you don't have to be a programmer or coder to hold a patent. If you can identify what sets an invention (or an idea) apart, and how it solves a real problem with an innovative approach, you can hold patents.

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