August 29, 2014

10:00 PM | Did Grooveshark Destroy Records?
Music companies asked a federal judge to sanction Grooveshark’s owner for destroying records they claim would have shown that Grooveshark engaged in copyright infringement. Universal Music Group (UMG), Warner Bros. Records, and Sony Music say that Escape Media Group Inc., which owns Grooveshark, a music streaming service, destroyed records even though litigation was pending. Grooveshark’s … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Witness To The Accident…In Space.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust … Continue reading →

August 28, 2014

10:00 PM | Foreign Poker Website Doesn’t Infringe US Trademark.
Best Odds Corp. had its trademark infringement suit against iBus Media Limited dismissed by a District Court in Nevada when the court found that it did not have jurisdiction over the dispute. Best Odds and iBus both use the mark “MacPoker”  in connection with their websites.  Best Odds registered the mark in the US and then … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Does This Make Me Look Fat?
Inquiring minds want to know…if you are a black hole that is. Scientists are quite sure why black holes get so big.  As the name implies, supermassive black holes are millions of times more massive than the Sun. We also know that at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole.    Well … Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

10:00 PM | Jail Time Delayed for Trade Secret Theft.
A former executive headhunter has received a delay in serving a prison sentence while he appeals his conviction for theft of trade secrets, hacking, and conspiring to use proprietary information. However, the $60,000 fine had to be paid immediately. David Nosal, a former recruiter for Korn/Ferry, was sentenced to a year and a day in … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Skynet Needs You.
Skynet, the unseen villain in all the Terminator movies…isn’t what I am writing about. No, this skynet is a global network of computer doing real astronomical research and you can help. By connecting 100s and 1000s of computers together through the Internet, it’s possible to simulate a single machine capable of doing some pretty amazing … Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

10:00 PM | Appeal to Federal Circuit after Missed Deadline
AT&T has asked the Federal Circuit for more time to appeal after its patent law firm missed a deadline for challenging a $40 million patent infringement verdict against the company. On February 6, US District Judge Orlando Garcia denied a motion by AT&T seeking an extension of time to appeal a March, 2013 verdict that … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Kepler Data Reveals Two Potential Habitable Candidates.
A team of scientists pouring over the data, from the crippled Kepler spacecraft, have found two more potential Earth-like planets about 1,200 light years from here. What makes the two Kepler-62 planets interesting is that they are in the same system. Kepler-62 has five total planets (that we have found) with 62e and 62f being … Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

10:00 PM | Partner At Karish & Bjorgum Helps Restore Iconic Olympic Murals.
Eric Bjorgum, a founding member of Karish & Bjorgum PC, an Intellectual Property Law firm, is also a director at the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, which has been working to restore murals commissioned for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Thanks to the commitment of Eric and the other members of the Mural Conservancy … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Riverside Astronomical Society Star Party Weekend Recap.
It was a great weekend for viewing or photographing the night sky.  The new roof worked great.  I’ll have some images processed this week and post them. Only a few newcomers at the party, but everyone had a good time. A lot of meteors, most likely remnants of the Persieds from earlier. We had meetings … Continue reading →

August 22, 2014

10:00 PM | Expendables Copyright Case Dismissed.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed an order of a federal district court dismissing all copyright infringement claims against The Expendables movie. Marcus Webb, an amateur screenwriter, wrote a screenplay in 2006 called The Cordoba Caper. The plot involved an elite team of American mercenaries who are hired to defeat a … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Star Party Weekend.
For those of you that have a chance, you are more than welcome to come out to the Riverside Astronomical Societies dark sky site (GMARS). If you would like more information or directions, they can be found here.  We have two houses, 8 beds, 3 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, internet available, and lots of good people … Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

3:57 PM | psydoctor8: Answer these 3 questions, and help settle a debate...
psydoctor8: Answer these 3 questions, and help settle a debate in my lab!
6:14 AM | Answer these 3 questions, and help settle a debate in my lab!
Answer these 3 questions, and help settle a debate in my lab!

August 20, 2014

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 →
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

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 →
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

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 →
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

11:32 PM | Saturday.

August 15, 2014

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 →
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

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 →
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

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 →
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

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 →
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

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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