ibarista-caricature.gifThe Baristas rock and now you can, too!  Editor-in-Chief Barista, Stephen Jenei, will be giving away iPod Shuffles at the  2008 BIO International Convention, June 17-20, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Basically, all you have to do to win is be the first person to find me on the Exhibitor Hall floor at Bio2008 and ask for the iBarista iPod shuffle prize.  That’s it.

Each day of the convention, I will carry one iPod shuffle — of some random color — in my pocket.  The first person to find me in the Exhibitor Hall and ask me for the iPod, gets it on the spot (see all the Terms and Conditions below).

Of course, the trick is that there are over 20,000 attendees expected and that’s a lot of folks walking around over 220,000 square feet of exhibition space.  But, I ran in to lots of people I know last year so I know it’s possible.  I’ll be visiting quite a number of booths so look for me around the hall — I can’t wait to give these away!

If you’d like to meet up during the conference, drop me a note and we’ll schedule some time to have coffee together.

iPod Giveaway Terms and Conditions 

(You just knew there’d be terms and conditions, didn’t you?)


  1. By entering the Patent Baristas giveaway to win an iPod Shuffle and accepting the terms herein, you agree to be bound by the following rules, which constitute a binding agreement between you, on one hand, and Patent Baristas on the other. These rules apply only to this giveaway and not to any other giveaway or contest by Patent Baristas.
  2. This giveaway is open to U.S. and international residents aged 18 or over, except employees of Jenei LLC including their affiliates, agents, associates and relatives thereof. Obviously, you are not authorized to participate in the giveaway if you are not located within the United States.
  3. The giveaway closes on Friday, June 20, 2008.
  4. The prize will be awarded to the individual that first correctly locates the Patent Baristas’ Editor-in-Chief Barista on the Exhibition Hall floor space at the 2008 BIO International Convention, which will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., and requests from the Editor-in-Chief Barista to be awarded the prize.  No prize will be awarded if no person correctly locates, identifies, and requests the prize from, the Editor-in-Chief Barista.
  5. All attempts to claim a prize are void if either made (a) outside the Exhibition Hall floor space at the 2008 BIO International Convention, which will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., or (b) at a meeting with the Editor-in-Chief Barista where such meeting was pre-arranged.  No prizes may be claimed at any other location outside the Exhibitors Hall, including but not limited to all events, functions sessions, receptions and networking events associated with the 2008 BIO International Convention.
  6. The prize for the giveaway is one (1) 1GB iPod Shuffle engraved with the Patent Baristas web address and of a random color, which is valued at US$49. Only one prize will be awarded each day the Patent Baristas are in attendance at the BIO 2008 Exhibitor’s Hall. Only one prize per person/family/household.
  7. The winner will be notified on the spot and in person and any prize must be claimed by the winners in person on the date of the award. Winners will be announced here.
  8. By entering the giveaway, entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. The giveaway is void where prohibited. This giveaway shall be governed by the laws of state of Ohio in the United States of America and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. All taxes are the responsibility of the winners. Entering the giveaway is free. No purchase is necessary. No transfer, substitution, or cash alternatives are available.
  9. The prize selected does not imply or express any endorsement from the manufacturer or any other relationship with Patent Baristas. Patent Baristas is not responsible for computer malfunctions, bugs or viruses, and causes beyond our control. Installation, insurance, registration, taxes, and any fees or costs associated with the prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Winner agrees to look solely to manufacturer for any warranties on the equipment awarded. Entrants agree to hold harmless the Released Parties from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with their participation and/or entry in this giveaway and/or the awarding or use of any prize awarded.
  10. The Patent Baristas’ decision is final in awarding any prize. Any attempt to manipulate, interfere with, or otherwise alter any outcome of the giveaway or services of Patent Baristas will disqualify all those implicated and subject them to prosecution in the State of Ohio, United States and/or other jurisdictions.
  11. Your entry implies and expresses your agreement to these terms and your waiver of any other related rights you may have in any jurisdiction. By acceptance of the prize, the winner releases Patent Baristas from any and all liability for injuries, damages or expenses sustained in connection with the giveaway or with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize.
  12. This giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. All federal, state or other tax liabilities (including income tax) arising from any prize will be the sole responsibility of each prize winner. Except where prohibited by law, each winner’s entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Patent Baristas to use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. The requirement for a publicity release shall be void where prohibited.
  13. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the giveaway or these official rules. Winners and entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Patent Baristas, and the officers, employees and agents of each, from and against any claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any giveaway or contest-related activity or participation in this giveaway. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the giveaway will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible participants.
  14. Patent Baristas, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their agents, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents (collectively “Released Parties”) disclaim any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate giveaway rules, entry information, human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, any combination thereof, inability to access any web site or download materials, damage to a user’s computer system (hardware & software) due to participation in this giveaway, or late, lost, incomplete, misdirected or mechanically reproduced entries.
  15. Patent Baristas reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway or these rules at any time without prior notice of any sort.
  16. iPod is registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  Shuffle is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.