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 →
6:26 AM | Photo
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 →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House, Part 3.
The last day of the JPL open house pictures, and some information for citizen scientists that want to find their own planets. We saw this line for a movie and thought…what the heck, so after a brief stay in line we entered JPL’s Earth Science Center. As we were waiting for the theater to open, … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

11:48 PM | Keybase
Keybase : It’s still in private alpha but I have a couple of invites left. Interested? Message...
10:00 PM | The NFL, Copyrights and Tattoos Oh My.
Many players in the National Football League, most notably San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are well known for their ink. The tattoos are so much a part of their persona that they are featured in images and likenesses of the players, including television advertisements and football video games. As a result, the NFL Players … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House, Part 2.
There is just too much good stuff at JPL.  I still haven’t gotten through everything and I have gone three times already. Another scale model spacecraft.  This is of Herschel a collaboration between JPL, NASA and the ESA and was and the largest infrared telescope ever launched.  Last year Herschel’s liquid helium (used to cool … Continue reading →

October 14, 2014

10:00 PM | Can You Transfer A Copyright To Someone Else?
As with any other property right, some or all of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights may be transferred. It is quite common when a copyright owner wants to commercially exploit the work covered by the copyright. Of course, there are certain rules and requirements that must be followed to ensure that a transfer is legally enforceable … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House Part 1.
Among the many, many other events this past weekend, there was the can’t miss event…the JPL open house.  Restored after the sequester and budget cuts, this event should be on top of NASA’s outreach budget.  Although there is no advertising (except for a few emails and social media posts), the last event drew more than … Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

10:00 PM | The 101 Conundrum After Alice.
It isn’t a secret that I write software patents (among others, I have degrees in computer science, math, statistics and EE, so I like learning things).  Anyway, the knee jerk reaction by the Patent Office and the courts to the Supreme Courts decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, has unfortunately led to a … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Busy Weekend.
With so many things to do this weekend (including work), it was exhausting.  Saturday started with about 4 hours of work to meet deadlines. Then it was off to the Riverside Astronomical Society’s Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. There we concluded the year’s business for the club and more importantly finished next years calendar of … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

5:25 AM | "A banana."
"A banana."
3:47 AM | "What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard; we’re not..."
“What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard;...

October 10, 2014

10:00 PM | Trade Secret Theft Arrest Was Illegal.
A judge in New York threw out evidence against former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov and found that he had been illegally arrested in a trade secret theft case. As I had previously reported, Goldman was ordered to pay over $1.7 million for Aleynikov’s legal fees incurred in connection with the matter. photo by Steven … Continue reading →
SEX IS SEX. BUT MONEY IS MONEY.: criminalwisdom: I arrived in New York City from Chelyabinsk, a...
7:15 PM | "We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the..."
“We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the...
6:55 PM | Sex and Eugenics Sterilization
In looking through Johanna Schoen’s 2005 book, Choice & Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, it appears that, although eugenics-based sterilization procedures in the early-to-mid twentieth century appear to have targeted women more than men, men were also sterilized through these programs. Rationally, it should be unsurprising that men were targeted as...Read more → Sex and Eugenics Sterilization from in propria persona […]
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