I was just told that my name's going on a patent application, and if the order of names on the email was any indication, I'm the lead inventor. Cool.
That, of course, reminds me of Richard Feynman's famous I Want My Dollar story. I think I actually have to wait until the patent is granted to get my cash, though, don't I? :)
I was inventor on a patent application once before, a long time ago during the boom at my financial services company. I watched the process for maybe 2 years, talked to lawyers, read through paperwork...and then the collapse began, and with it came the layoffs, and one day I called up the lawyer who'd been working on it and asked if the application was still in process. She laughed. "Like we have money for that!" she said. I didn't mind terminating the process so much, but to never even mention it and then to laugh at me for asking was a little over the top.