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December 17, 2014

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11:00 PM | USPTO Fee Schedule Update.
The Fee Schedule for doing business with the USPTO was recently updated.  The new fee has a decrease for an International Search (Rospatent) from $795 to $724.  The new fee schedule went into effective December 1, 2014. Other upcoming changes to all PCT Fees to Foreign Offices, that go into effective January 1, 2015, are … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Physics Magazine Lists Top 10 Achievements For 2014.
The Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year goes to ESA’s Rosetta mission for being the first to land a spacecraft on a comet. The other nine honorees include: Light on the cosmic web: Researchers used the radiation emitted by a quasar as a “cosmic flashlight” to illuminate the hidden tendrils of dark matter that … Continue reading →

December 16, 2014

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11:00 PM | UPSTO Update: Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 Extension Granted.
As we approach the end of the year, I am going to spend the next several days updating you on programs and policies at the USPTO that affect you. The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended through September 30, 2015, and now has a new feature designed to enhance communication between … Continue reading →
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9:39 PM | The NIJ and 2015 interest in policing research
So the NIJ just released a notice of research priorities for grant funding in 2015 & I’m...
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9:26 PM | award winning lifetime achievement in not responding to asks.
award winning lifetime achievement in not responding to asks.
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9:22 PM | I have a psych masters and am an attorney and would likely skew your juror attitude data so I am not participating, but I would love to read the study. Will you be publishing a link to a publicly accessible version of the paper when finished?
I’m sure when we do publish it, I won’t be able to shut up about it…along the...
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8:19 PM | aatombomb: Do you ever have a moment when the constant barrage of self-doubt recedes a bit and you...
aatombomb: Do you ever have a moment when the constant barrage of self-doubt recedes a bit and you...
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4:00 PM | Another Hibernating Spacecraft Wakes Up.
After nine years and a journey of 3 billion miles (4.8 billion km), NASA’s New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation to begin its mission to study the planet Pluto and other worlds in the Kuiper Belt. A pre-set alarm clock awoke New Horizons at 3 p.m. EST, and 6 1/2 hours later, NASA’s ground … Continue reading →

December 15, 2014

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11:00 PM | New Joint Effort to Showcase American Innovation.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Smithsonian Institution will collaborate on a five-year project to develop programs and exhibitions showcasing American innovation. There will be a major new intellectual property (IP) exhibition at the National Museum of American History.    Additionally, there will be an Innovation Festival and educational programs at … Continue reading →
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9:19 PM | psydoctor8: psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system...
psydoctor8: psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system by participating in our online study about juror decision making and evidence. Yes you do tumblr. Takes 5 min. Thanks! So, this is about neuro evidence and decision making (conviction & punishment). I’m hoping to get the green light on a study on excessive force and decision making looking at  aggression & impulsivity. Last call guys…pulling the data in 20 min.
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5:00 PM | Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Is As Grey As Its Name Is Difficult To Pronounce.
Admittedly, my Russian is rusty, but these names, I think, even native speakers are baffled by the names.  The comet named after them is apparently as bland as it is difficult to pronounce. The latest image released, and the first color image, of the comet shows a dark grey mass floating in space.  The image … Continue reading →

December 12, 2014

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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 →
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5:00 PM | A Potential Asteroid Disaster.
Yesterday’s flood in my house doesn’t compare to the potential disaster that Russian astrophysicist Vladimir Lipunov says is in store for us. Lipunov claims that a mountain-sized asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. The asteroid, designated 2014 UR116,  comes close to the Earth every three years. Lipunov says it’s difficult to calculate the … Continue reading →

December 11, 2014

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5:00 PM | Disaster Day…No Posts.
House flooding, internet bouncing….the Universe is telling me to take a break today. 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 … Continue reading →

December 10, 2014

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11:00 PM | Patents Are For Everyone.
No, not another child prodigy gets a patent before they could walk.  This story is about a humble actuary.  Bean counters rely heavily on actuarial analysis to conduct their business.  The risks and rewards that come from certain actions can be mathematically shown.  So how did an actuary get a patent?   Jay Vadiveloo, is … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | The Challenge In Finding New Earth-Like Exoplanets.
A couple of things happened this month that may make it easier to find other Earth-like planets. Probably the more important of the two was that for the first time, a ground based telescope has found a super Earth orbiting around 55 Cancri. The Nordic Optical Telescope on the island of La Palma, Spain was … Continue reading →

December 09, 2014

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11:00 PM | Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Trademark.
You have choosen the perfect name for your business.  You are ready to print up stationary, flyers, banners…everything you need to get your business off the ground.  And then you find out that you can’t use that name.  Someone else already has it.  Worse, they have protected their interest in the name by registering it … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | The Brightest Pulsar Ever Found.
Pulsars (short for pulsating radio stars) are highly magnetized, regularly rotating neutron stars that emit a beam of electromagnetic radiation that can only be observed when the beam is pointing toward Earth (like a lighthouse). They are so regular that astronomers use their spin as timers so that they can find distances of objects around … Continue reading →

December 08, 2014

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11:00 PM | Did Apple Copy Chinese Phone?
Digione, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, claims that Apple copied its phone design for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In September, the manufacturer sent Apple a letter telling them that the design of their new phones might infringe on one of Digione’s design patents granted July by the Chinese Intellectual Property Office. Apple did … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Dawn Snaps Pic Of Next Target…Ceres.
As the Dawn spacecraft approaches its next target, the dwarf planet Ceres, the first of many pictures has started to arrive. Although not spectacular, it is the closest image of Ceres taken to date. The mission was delayed slightly in September, when a high-energy particle event forced Dawn into safe mode to be…well, safe.  Shutting … Continue reading →

December 05, 2014

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11:00 PM | Two Trademark Cases Being Heard By The Supreme Court This Month.
The two trademark cases before the Supreme Court this month are: B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. and Hana Financial v. Hana Bank. In the case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supremes will decide if other courts should give credence to the decisions of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal … Continue reading →
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9:04 PM | Tomorrow, I’m speaking to these people about how...
Tomorrow, I’m speaking to these people about how I’ve been collecting data for the last couple years, and trying not to pee my pants. And throw in a Congress person and District Attorney for fun.  
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5:00 PM | Hubble Uses A Magnifying Lens To Peer Into The Past.
Using gravitational lensing, Hubble has peered farther back in time than ever before. Gravitational lensing occurs when the light from a distant object is bent, by gravity, around a large cosmic structure. Image Credit: NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI) Because the light was bent by the gigantic galaxy cluster Abell 2744, or Pandora’s Cluster, three images … Continue reading →

December 04, 2014

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11:00 PM | A New Smartphone Patent War To Start From China Ruling?
A ruling from the National Development and Reform Commission from its antitrust investigation of Qualcomm may result in a new patent war. Qualcomm faces fines for its monopolistic practices.  The Commission will also require the company to lowering licensing fees and stop using “reverse patent license,” a compulsory agreement that Qualcomm imposed on its clients … Continue reading →
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8:50 PM | psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system by...
psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system by participating in our online study about juror decision making and evidence. Yes you do tumblr. Takes 5 min. Thanks! So, this is about neuro evidence and decision making (conviction & punishment). I’m hoping to get the green light on a study on excessive force and decision making looking at  aggression & impulsivity.
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5:00 PM | Student Teams Selected for High-Powered NASA Rocket Challenge
NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Student Launch Challenge engages students in a research-based, experiential exploration activity. Teams participating in the challenge must design, build and … Continue reading →

December 03, 2014

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10:15 PM | THIS, THAT and also NEXT UP
Incase the study is unclear, we are looking at if & how neuro evidence effects decisions...
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9:46 PM | psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system by...
psydoctor8: Wanna help us change the legal system by participating in our online study about juror decision making and evidence. Yes you do tumblr. Takes 5 min. Thanks! 2nd call. 

December 02, 2014

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11:15 PM | "The U.S. has executed 1,392 people since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. In 2014, Texas..."
“The U.S. has executed 1,392 people since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. In 2014,...
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11:00 PM | Trademark Vigilante Goes After Football (Soccer) Team.
Valencia’s La Liga soccer club has been using a bat as its symbol long before Batman was roaming Gotham. However, DC Comics is fighting the club to prevent it from using its ‘new’ bat crest by lodging a complaint with the European Union’s trademark arm. DC claims the logo is too close to its own images. … Continue reading →
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