October 31, 2014

10:00 PM | Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case.
Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan won a trademark case involving the use of his identity by a Chicago supermarket chain. In 2009, Sports Illustrated published a special commemorative issue devoted to Jordan’s career, in recognition of his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jewel Food Stores, Inc. was offered free advertising in the magazine … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Tuscon Bound For the Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo.
October is a busy month for astronomy.  First Nightfall, now the Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo in Tuscon. Since the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) is on hiatus, this is the newest astronomy show in the west.  Unfortunately, due to work, I will only be able to attend Saturday then I have to high … Continue reading →

October 30, 2014

10:00 PM | Patent Office Guidelines for Products and Laws of Nature.
The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has issued guidance to patent examiners on whether patent claims improperly encompass laws of nature, natural phenomena and principles, or products of nature. The training materials are based on the US Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. The new … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Citizen Scientist Adds To Supernova Science.
Japanese amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki discovered a “new” star that was really a Nova in Delphinus. The next day after the report the scientists at the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) atop Mt. Wilson pointed the world’s largest infrared telescope at the event for the next 27 days. The CHARA group was able … Continue reading →
1:08 AM | Come here often?
Come here often?

October 29, 2014

4:00 PM | Fall Down And Go Boom!
If you hadn’t heard, yesterday an Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. blew up during takeoff from the Virginia spaceport. First, things like this will happen until we find a better way of launching objects (and people) into orbit. I think Steve Buscemi’s character Rockhound in the (much maligned) film Armageddon said it best: … Continue reading →
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October 28, 2014

10:00 PM | “He-Man” Writer Is Not The Master Of The (copyright) Universe.
Mattel Inc. has won a copyright case involving a former freelance writer of “He-Man” mini comics. Donald Glut was hired in 1981 to create the comics to develop the backstories of Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” toy characters, including “He-Man.” After Glut threatened to sue Mattel to enforce his claimed rights in Mattel’s toy line, … Continue reading →
5:49 PM | Crowdsourcing Science Over the course of a couple years, our...
Crowdsourcing Science Over the course of a couple years, our neurolaw lab has read every statute & criminal offense in NYC, since before you were thought of - what I call the 70’s. We’ve classified 9.8 million crimes and put them online to crowdsource findings. If this city isn’t your thing, we did Miami, Houston too… and just about to finish the entire state of New Mexico (Alabama is next).  If you’re into crime, brains & playing with data, this is […]
4:00 PM | The Partial Eclipse…Partially Captured.
Now that I have just about recovered from a great Nightfall, it is time to start posting the fruits of my sleepless days and nights in Borrego Springs. As I arrived on Thursday afternoon, I was just in time to catch some of the partial eclipse.  However, I was just arriving and it takes about … Continue reading →

October 26, 2014

6:25 AM | Inside an abandoned hospital tonight.
Inside an abandoned hospital tonight.

October 24, 2014

10:00 PM | How To Select A Trademark.
What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination , used to identify and distinguish the goods or services of one trademark owner from those of another. Contrary to what many believe there is no protection for a mark just because you were the first … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | And So It Begins…Nightfall Has Arrived.
Once again, I am making my pilgrimage to astronomical nirvana by attending Nightfall.  This year’s event is going to be a show stopper.  Not only is there the usual advanced courses available, this year there is a another complete track for not-so-advanced astronomers. Also, our sponsor, Woodland Hills Telescope will also have astronomical goods on … Continue reading →
3:07 PM | I used to run a neuroblog, now I just sit back, shew people away...
I used to run a neuroblog, now I just sit back, shew people away and complain. 

October 23, 2014

10:00 PM | DRAFT: d
What Is A Markman Hearing?   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 … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Cool Drink In A Hot Place Is Now A Reality.
The second hottest planet in the Solar system, Mercury, actually does have water. With surface temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius) on the sunny side, and -280 °F (−173 °C) in the shade, you might think that water wouldn’t survive. This is why NASA’s confirmation of water on Mercury is so intriguing.  This may help … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

10:31 PM | New-Fashioned Quarantine (from 1916)
One traditional method Hill discusses in quarantine -- but Hill gives it a rational spin, characteristic of early twentieth century optimism and trust in science and expertise. New-Fashioned Quarantine (from 1916) from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.
10:00 PM | A Super Supreme Copyright Ruling Saves The Day.
The heirs of creator  artist Joseph Shuster, one of the co-authors of the iconic Superman character, were denied a hearing by the  Supreme Court in their effort to regain copyright from DC Comics. Promotional art for Superman vol. 2, #204 (April 2004) by Jim Lee and Scott Williams Since his inception in 1933, the man … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Name That Landing Site!
The ESA is asking the public to name the landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where the Philae robot probe will try to land on 12 November. Any name (except individual’s names) can be entered. The rules call for a maximum 200-word justification to be submitted in support of a proposal. (I’m voting for Osiris).  Entries have to … Continue reading →

October 21, 2014

10:00 PM | How Can You Protect A Website?
Websites have a variety of intellectual property protections available.  The basic protection for the website content is copyright. However, if there is a novel and non-obvious method associated with the website, it may be protectable with a utility patent application. One of the more interesting ways that may be available for protecting the “look and … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Top Secret Space Plane Returns From 2 Year Mission.
After  NASA shut down the space shuttle program, the U.S. was left with no re-usable spacecraft.  We have plenty of rockets, but nothing quite as useful as the shuttles. Evidently, the military felt the same way.  The Air Force has been working on the X-37B un-manned spacecraft for almost a decade since it was turned … Continue reading →
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1:20 AM | David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy
In his late 1970s work, The Right to Privacy in American History, David J. Seipp argues that the "unity of the privacy phenomenon" in the nineteenth century came not from a singleness of motive, but rather from "a unity of language" (Seipp 116). David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.

October 20, 2014

10:00 PM | Protecting Fashion.
At a recent talk that I gave at the Art Center Collage of Design here in Pasadena, one of the attendees asked how they could protect their budding fashion designs from being purloined.  This isn’t a small problem for everyone in the fashion industry. The fashion industry in the United States employees more than four … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Duck And Cover For Martian Probes.
The comet Sliding Spring flew past Mars yesterday giving us our first view of a comet from a different planet. The images weren’t available in time for this post, but the Hubble image above shows how it looked earlier in the year. Siding Spring went past Mars at 125,000mph (56km per second) and missing the … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

4:00 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 →

October 17, 2014

10:00 PM | Safeway $3.5 Million Patent Verdict Rejected.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a $3.5 million patent infringement jury verdict against Blackhawk Network Inc., a subsidiary of Safeway Inc. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, sued Blackhawk in 2009, alleging that it had infringed two claims of InComm’s patent for a “System and Method for Authorizing Stored Value … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | First Annual Photo Nightscape Award Winners Announce.
The ESO and Ciel et Espace Photos just completed the first Photo Nightscape Awards (PNA),  an international photo nightscape competition to celebrate astrophotography. The ESO will award the winner of the professional category with a trip to Paranal, home of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and part of the under construction Paranal-Armazones complex. Two categories: “Pro” … Continue reading →
4:22 AM | …important literature in my lab today. 
…important literature in my lab today. 

October 16, 2014

10:00 PM | Fracking Chemicals And Tradesecret Protection.
A US Department of Energy advisory panel has stated that oil and gas companies should not seek trade secret exemptions to conceal the nature of substances added to fluids used in fracking. Fracking (more formally known as “hydraulic fracturing”), is a process by which fluids (commonly water) are mixed with sand and chemicals and then … Continue reading →
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