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August 20, 2014

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10:00 PM | Musicians Oppose Copyright Laws Changes on Sampling
Aerosmith lead singer Steve Tyler has spoken out against a proposed change in US copyright law that would require musicians to let others create derivative works of their songs. These derivative works would include samples, mash-ups, and remixes. Unauthorized sampling is common in the music industry. Record Label TufAmerica Inc. recently filed a copyright infringement … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | I Can See Clearly Now.
DigitalGlobe company has launched the most powerful commercial imager ever built, the WorldView-3 Earth into orbit. DigitalGlobe’s images are used by Google and Bing maps, along with a host of other military and civilian applications. The WorldView-3 spacecraft has an astonishing 1.2 inches (31cm) resolution. The US Department of Commerce has restricted the distribution of … Continue reading →

August 19, 2014

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10:00 PM | Homer Simpson Sued For Patent Infringement.
A 3D representation of Homer Simpson at this year’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego has produced a patent infringment lawsuit by Hologram USA . Hologram USA filed a lawsuit claiming that a 3D representation of Homer Simpson shown at a Comic-Con 2014 convention panel with creator Matt Groening infringed its patented three-dimensional projection system. Homer joins … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | First Images With The New Observatory Roof.
Finally!  After what seemed like months and months of work (4 weekends about 5 hours each due to the weather). The new roof has been completed and had its first night-time roll off and imaging session.  /<insert Muppet flail here>/  BTW, it works great and added 15 degrees to my northern view (although some would … Continue reading →

August 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | Batman Saved By The Seventh Circuit.
It appears that some people don’t know the difference between fiction and reality. Fortres Grand produces a software called “Clean Slate,” however, they objected to the fictional use of “Clean Slate” in the The Dark Knight Rises movie.  The fictional character Cat Woman is trying to acquire the fictional clean slate software to erase all records … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | That’s Odd.
Hubble has shown us many things, but these are some of the strangest images yet. Oddly shaped galaxies, like the two on the left, a very different from the typical spiral galaxy (or cluster) the on the right that we are used to seeing.  Additionally, the topmost one has a different color that normal. Ironically, … Continue reading →

August 16, 2014

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11:32 PM | Saturday.
Saturday.

August 15, 2014

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10:00 PM | Amazon Infringes “Lush” Searches.
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has ruled that Amazon’s UK subsidiary infringed the trademarks of cosmetic maker Lush Retail Ltd. by directing website customers to other products when they searched for the Lush brand. Lush does not sell its cosmetics on Amazon for “ethical” reasons.  The manufacturer of cruelty-free and mostly … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | The Passing of T’Pring.
In an bygone era, it was difficult for ethnically challenged actors (ie. non-white) to get roles in television and the movies.  Then along comes Star Trek, and everything is busted wide open.  Russians (Checkov), Asians (Sulu), African American (Uhura) and a wide variety of aliens came into the living room once a week for three … Continue reading →

August 14, 2014

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10:00 PM | We’re Number 1 In Patents…Again!
According to the annual survey conducted by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, IBM tops the charts of companies that were granted patents this past year. The group conducts the annual survey to see what companies are doing in the patent arena. IBM came in first with 6,809 patents assigned to the research giant.  Samsung came in … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | What’s Up Pussycat?
Other alternative titles were: Backyard Bobcat and Here’s Looking At You Kitty. I live in Pasadena, CA.  Pretty much in the middle of 12 million people, and then you look out of your bedroom window and see this: At first I thought it was one of the neighbors cats that got out.  But a closer … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

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10:00 PM | If You Challenge Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions in District Court, You Must Pay The Government’s Attorney’s Fees.
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has held that a trademark applicant who challenges a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in federal district court must pay the Patent and Trademark Office’s attorney’s fees. The Dr. Earth company tried to federally register PROBIOTIC in connection with fertilizers. The company … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | What Is A Perigee-syzygy ?
The term is astronomical, but you many know it by its common, non-astrological name: Supermoon (named by astrologer Richard Nolle, over 30 years ago).   You many have heard on the news or seen a headline or two about the “supermoon” event, but what exactly is a supermoon? Supermoons always occur during a full Moon … Continue reading →

August 12, 2014

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10:00 PM | Does the TTAB Reign Supreme?
The US Supreme Court will decide if Federal Courts should defer to decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The court will decide if the Eights Circuits decision to defer to the TTAB in a case was correct.  B&B Hardware Inc., owners of the mark “SEALTIGHT,” opposed Hargis Industries Inc. attempt to register … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Teaching An Old Spacecraft New Tricks.
You are never too old to still be useful.  Look at Kepler, crippled, too far away for repair, yet still doing science, albeit a different type than it was sent out to space for, but science still. But the 36-year-old International Sun-Earth Explorer 3  (ISEE-3), is probably one of the oldest to be tasked with … Continue reading →

August 11, 2014

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10:28 PM | The USPTO-MBDA Webinar Series Continues in August
Blog by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee The USPTO remains committed to helping America’s inventors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs accelerate their innovative products and technologies to the marketplace. Earlier this year we launched a free webinar series in collaboration with the Minority … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Recap of This Month Riverside Astronomical Society Meeting.
Whew! I am glad this one is over.  Everything seemed to be going well when, you know, Murphy’s Law struck…big time. The kind people at La Sierra University let us use the facilities at Cossentine Hall to hold our meeting (Thank you very much).  They also let us use their AV equipment so we don’t … Continue reading →

August 08, 2014

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10:00 PM | A Cease Fire Between Apple And Samsung Could Spell The End.
Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all the lawsuits outside of the United States.  This latest agreement ends the three year battle overseas and only leaves the last round of lawsuits to be finished. Although a long time coming, the two tech giants have eased their rhetoric and other hostilities toward one another in … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | A New Engine for Space Travel.
NASA has confirmed that a decades old idea for a microwave thruster, actually works. Once thought to be impossible because it would violate several laws of physics.  But NASA now believes that the emdrive is producing a force that interacts with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.  Whew, that’s a mouthful.  Anyway, the engine works. So the thrust … Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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10:00 PM | How You Can Determine The Most Cost Effective IP Protection Plan.
This week I have been going over some of the more popular IP protections available to you.  The best protections available often may not be the most expensive.  From least expensive to most expensive: Copyright, Trademark, Patent. Copyright. While the least expensive option, currently $45 for an online filing, copyrights may be one of the … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Touchdown! Well Almost.
The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is about 100km (62 miles) from comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (thankfully reduced to Chury) Chury was discovered by Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanovna Gerasimenko on 11 September 1969 at the Alma-Ata Astrophysical Institute.  Like all comets, the finders names are used to tag the comet (I just wonder why I have never … Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

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10:00 PM | The Role Of IP In Startups.
Does IP have a place in your startup?  That depends.  Most startups have limited capital and IP can be expensive. However, for those of you that are fans of the TV show “Shark Tank ” know that invariably the first question asked by these potential investors is “do you have a patent?” Some people wonder … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Look At How Much Weight I’ve Lost!
I have actually lost about 15 lbs.  The lack of stress at my new job has made the pounds melt away.  But I’m not the only one that has successfully dieted. Scientists now believe that the Milky Way galaxy weighs a lot less than previously thought. They also found that our closest neighbor, Andromeda, is … Continue reading →

August 05, 2014

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10:00 PM | The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application.
A provisional patent application (PPA) can be a life saver, or a least a date saver.  However, you must use caution when drafting them.  Most people think that these “quick and dirty” patent applications require less drafting and formality than a standard utility patent applications and are generally less expensive. To a certain extent,  this … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | I Wouldn’t Have Got a Lemon.
If the Moon hadn’t been spinning so fast in its infancy.  That is the latest theory as to why the Moon is shaped more like a lemon than a bulging beach ball. At least so says a US team lead by Ian Garrick-Bethell, from the University of California Santa Cruz.  When the team calculated the … Continue reading →
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12:57 AM | Eagleman Lab outing We learned gun safety We tested out 4 types...
Eagleman Lab outing We learned gun safety We tested out 4 types of guns We learned I’m a terrible shot We talked rational gun policy in the US

August 04, 2014

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10:00 PM | How The Alice Ruling Can Affect Your Patent Application.
Since the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case, the USPTO has made some changes to the way that patents are examined until they have enough input to make sense of the decision.   The new guidelines may spell trouble for some applications. In a memorandum to the examiners corps, … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | I’m Back, Part Deux – I See You Over There.
No, really I’m back.  Moving after a decade at the same law firm was FAR more time consuming that I thought it would be.  And I am still not completely finished.  But on to more fun and interesting astronomical things. If I had a child, they would be about the same age as the Hubble.  … Continue reading →

August 02, 2014

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1:48 AM | People from Google and TED came by the lab, and I responded.
People from Google and TED came by the lab, and I responded.

July 25, 2014

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4:09 AM | Oh no, he loves belly rubs! Help me name him.
Oh no, he loves belly rubs! Help me name him.
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