January 31, 2015

8:04 PM | Book Review: The Sir Winston Method — For Speeches or Leadership ?
My wonderful collection of books on making speeches numbers some 60-70 (depends on how you define it). There is one book I reliably turn to when I have to prepare a new speech. “The Sir Winston Method: The Five Secrets … Continue reading →

January 30, 2015

11:00 PM | Do I Need a Trademark?
Owning a Federal trademark registration provides several distinct advantages, including the ability to file a trademark lawsuit to protect the mark. In order to obtain a trademark, applicants must be able to show current use of the mark in commerce, or their intent to use their mark “in commerce” in the future. What do you … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | Oldest Planets Found.
Data from the venerable Kepler mission has uncovered the oldest know planets that we have found to date. Kepler-444 is 11.2 billion years old and has five Earth-sized planets in orbit. The five planets are a little smaller than Earth. Additionally, they are way too close to their sun (about 1/10 the distance, or about 9 … Continue reading →

January 27, 2015

11:00 PM | Trademark Format Basics.
Filing a trademark application requires some decisions to be made. One of the most important choices is the depiction of your mark. Every application must include a clear representation of the mark you want to register. This representation is used by the Trademark Office to file the mark in the USPTO search records. In addition, … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | Asteroid Flyby Yesterday.
Last night, asteroid asteroid 2004 BL86 passed about 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth. Nothing to worry about however, that distance is about three times farther away than the moon. (Earl Cabuhat/CBC) It will be the largest asteroid to pass this close to Earth until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies by in 2027. Although, it … Continue reading →

January 26, 2015

11:00 PM | Why Do You Want To Have a Patent Search Before Commissioning A Patent Application?
A patent search is often the first step in pursuing a patent, and its importance should not be overlooked. In order to patent an invention, it must be truly novel. The best way evaluate the originality of your idea is to conduct a thorough patent search. In addition to determining if someone else already has … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | Bad Jupiter Images.
Well, I did manage to get some images of the triple moon transits on Jupiter.  However, the seeing was so unbelievably unsteady that they are all really fuzzy. I will try to clean them up some more and see if I can draw some more detail out of them.  In the mean time, you can … Continue reading →

January 22, 2015

5:00 PM | Friday’s Triple Moon Transit Over Jupiter.
If you are in the Riverside area tomorrow night, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a triple moon transit of Jupiter. The Physics and Astronomy Department at UCR will have a free public telescope observation of a rare event on Friday 23 from 8:30 to 10 PM. Three moons of Jupiter … Continue reading →

January 20, 2015

11:00 PM | Draft
  How Can I Help? If you, or someone you know, need help with any Intellectual Property issue, from filing a patent, trademark or copyright, or just advice regarding how best to protect your ideas and your brand, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at or call (213) 785-8070 and ask for … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | Adraft
  - Ex astris, scientia - I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles … Continue reading →

January 19, 2015

11:00 PM | USPTO Issues Official Warning Regarding Fraudulent Solicitations
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has posted an official warning regarding fraudulent solicitations on its Trademark Home page.  As I have notified you in the past patent and trademark registrants and applicants should be on the lookout for non-USPTO solicitations that resemble official USPTO communications. The USPTO warning echoes the issues raised previously, noting … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | A Love(joy) Weekend.
At this weekends Riverside Astronomical Society’s star party, everything was about C/2014 Q2 or more affectionately known as comet Lovejoy (not to be confused with all the OTHER comet Lovejoy’s roaming the solar system). So I naturally had to take an image or 10.  I must confess..after the first couple of comets, I was pretty … Continue reading →

January 14, 2015

11:00 PM | Infographic On Personal Copyright Use.
My friend, Joe Kerski, is a geology geek and educator.  He recently reposted an infographic regarding personal use of copyrighted images and materials.  Please remember, this infographic is only for PERSONAL use of copyrighted material and is not my opinion or advice regarding the use of copyrighted material.  First rule: Always seek permission first. Otherwise, … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | They Found Water…
…running through my house again.  While trying to fix the first leak, a second leak was found.  It isn’t as bad as the picture, it just feels that way. I wish it was this easy to find water elsewhere in the universe. Sorry no astronomy post during the flood.  But, I do have an interesting … Continue reading →

January 13, 2015

11:00 PM | Can I Protect My Patent or Trademark Overseas?
Unfortunately, the rights granted by a U.S. patent or trademark can only be enforced in the United States and generally have no effect in a foreign country.   Anyone that wants to safeguard their intellectual property rights in other countries must take additional steps to ensure international protection. Since securing and registering patents, trademarks, and … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | My Life In The Bubble.
Well, only part of my house has been cordoned off.  Last month, December 10th, I had a water leak in the roof of my house. Slow forward to yesterday, and they are finally begin to fix the water damage.  So, to keep most of the house clean, they have erected to inside bubble to contain … Continue reading →

January 12, 2015

11:00 PM | Before You Hire an Invention Promoter.
Unfortunately, there are countless companies that are looking to take advantage of an inventor’s eagerness to bring his or her ideas to market. Therefore, if you or your company is planning to hire an invention promoter, it is important to understand how to discern a legitimate marketing company from a scam. First, it is important … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | Will NASA Need More Citizen Scientists?
In a not unanticipated move, the Washington Post states that President Obama’s next budget will cut funding for certain NASA programs by as much as 20%.  reportedly, the two biggest programs hit will be the Mars and Jupiter Rovers.  Additionally, the president is planning to call for severing of the relationship between NASA and the … Continue reading →

January 03, 2015

12:20 AM | Of zombies and children
“ ’Scuse me, but do dead bodies really look like zombies?”  As questions go at the end of a presentation, this one took me by surprise – but I guess it shouldn’t have done so, given that I was speaking to about 150 primary, intermediate and high school gifted children.  With hindsight, it’s exactly what (read more)
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