April 23, 2014

10:00 PM | Anti-Patent-Troll Bill Passes US House of Representatives
A bill known as the Innovation Act has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is designed to prevent “abusive patent litigation.” Some companies known as “patent assertion entities,” “non-practicing entities,” or (less politely) “patent trolls” have been criticized for actions such as sending … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!
There are several fairly beautiful examples of galaxies colliding and forming larger, more massive, galaxies. Hubble has take a few of the more dramatic ones. A new image from the ESO’s 2.2-metre La Silla Observatory telescope in Chile shows two galaxies about to hit each other. Of course, none of us will be around, “soon” in … Continue reading →

April 22, 2014

10:00 PM | Google Book Project is Fair Use
A US Federal Court judge has ruled that Google’s book scanning project constitutes “fair use” under copyright law. In 2004, Google began digitally copying books from several major libraries — initially Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford, and Stanford. More than 20 million books have been scanned so far. According … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | How Do You Do That In Space?
Some of the simple things that we take for granted in a gravity filled world are really difficult in space. Going to the bathroom, just for example. But other vital obstacle will need to be overcome prior to long space flights.  Along the way the possibility that the crew may have to make some repairs … Continue reading →

April 21, 2014

10:00 PM | Free Training offered by LACCD
The Los Angeles Community College District is offering free training for your company’s employees. The workshops cover a wide-range of topics, including:   Microsoft Office (Intermediate & Advanced or Customized) Leadership Training Warehousing Operations & Controls Inventory & Materials Management Distribution Processes Supply Chain Management Teambuilding / Teamwork Business Writing Skills Customer Service Cultural Diversity … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Bus Tracks On Mars
Curiosity’s trip has been captured in an interesting image. The school bus sized rover has left a trail that the orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera captured. The rover is currently making its way to the Kimberley area.  It was named after the Western Australian region. Oddly enough, Curiosity took this image of a rock that … Continue reading →

April 18, 2014

10:00 PM | “After Final Consideration” Pilot Program Extended by Patent Office
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is extending a popular program that allows patent applicants to submit minor amendments to their patent applications even after final rejection. The “After Final Consideration” Pilot was launched in May and was scheduled to end on September 30, 2013. The Pilot will now be … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | The First of Many?
The disabled spacecraft Kepler is really the gift that keeps on giving, much like the food poisoning that I have been suffering through since Sunday (Thanks Taco Bell, I didn’t know my order came with a free side of botulism!). Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Analyzing data already gathered researchers have announced the discovery of … Continue reading →
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April 17, 2014

10:00 PM | New Chinese Trademark Law Takes Effect in May.
China’s new trademark law, which takes effect May 1, 2014, is designed to discourage the trademark hijacking and piracy that have caused headaches for foreign companies attempting to do business in China. In July of 2012, Apple paid a $60 million settlement to the Chinese company Proview Technology to acquire the right to use the … Continue reading →
2:01 PM | Stellar Nursery
Originally posted on alien shores:Tides of light formed by clusters of massive young hot stars illuminate the hot gases of the Tarantular Nebula in this image taken last night. NGC 2070 is the largest and brightest emission nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and one of the largest emission nebulae known. Considering its…

April 16, 2014

10:00 PM | Toy Company Drops Fight against Beastie Boys.
GoldieBlox, a company that makes toys that encourage girls to become engineers, has stopped using a Beastie Boys song in its ads and has dropped its suit against the music group. The toy company had been using a parody version of the Beastie Boys song “Girls” in a video ad that went viral and gained … Continue reading →
3:15 PM | Smartphone Astrophotography: How I photograph the Moon & planets with my phone
Originally posted on Canadian Astronomy:Moon photographed with an iPhone 4s through an 8” telescope. I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras makes it possible to take very respectable images of the Moon and planets through…

April 15, 2014

10:00 PM | Photojournalist Awarded $1.2 Million for Use of Twitter Pictures.
A freelance photojournalist has been awarded $1.2 million after a US federal court jury found that two major media companies had infringed his copyrights. Daniel Morel was in Haiti on January 12, 2010, when an earthquake struck and killed 250,000 people. He took photos of the resulting devastation and distributed them to media outlets all … Continue reading →
2:03 PM | But the Fact is, Einstein Passed His Math Classes
Originally posted on J. C. Conway:Urban myths abound. One that is simply dead wrong, but consistently repeated, is that Albert Einstein failed at math as a young student. It’s an extremely useful fallacy to repeat when seeking to console young students whose math grades are poor. “Keep trying. Even Einstein failed math.” But as…

April 14, 2014

10:00 PM | Hasbro to Pay $72.9 Million for Nerf Guns
An arbitrator has ordered Hasbro to pay a licensor $72.9 million in royalties in a dispute involving Nerf guns. The licensor, Johnson Research & Development Co. of Atlanta, also has a separate breach of contract case pending in federal court that involves Hasbro’s Super Soaker water guns. In the breach of contract suit, Johnson has … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Batteries NOT included!
NASA doesn’t want to rely solely on batteries for its future space missions.  So, the agency is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology currently used. “NASA is focusing on creating new advanced technologies that could lead to entirely new approaches for the energy needs … Continue reading →

April 11, 2014

10:00 PM | Five Tips to Avoid Legal Pitfalls on Your Creative Journey by William Bowen.
William is one of the IP litigators at our firm and he wrote this great article for anyone in a creative field on how to protect their rights.  It is longer than my usual posts, but it is full of valuable information.  As an intellectual property attorney, people often ask me what they should do … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Missed Me By That Much!
Ok, after watching this video, this has to be the luckiest guy in the world for two reasons. 1.  He’s the first person to catch a flamed out meteorite in mid-air barely missing him; and 2. he’s the first person to catch a flamed out meteorite in mid-air barely missing him. The lucky Norwegian skydiver … Continue reading →

April 10, 2014

10:00 PM | FTC Studying Patent Assertion Entities.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with plans to study companies that are in the business of buying and asserting patents, otherwise known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs). According to the agency, it plans to use the information to examine how PAEs do business and develop a better understanding of how they impact innovation … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | The BOSS Does A Speed Check.
The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) has just completed the most accurate speed check of the early Universe. The measurements show that the early Universe was expanding about 1% every 44 million years.  Although that doesn’t seem like much, I can tell you from my own, personal, expansion of 1% over the last 10 years … Continue reading →

April 09, 2014

10:00 PM | Google Book Project And “Fair Use”
An ongoing copyright infringement suit by the Authors Guild may determine the fate of Google Inc.’s controversial digital books project. The Google Library Project allows users to search and read books online. Google display 20 percent of the text in a search and allows consumers to purchase the entire book through its online storefront, Google … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Yet Another Zero G Day Ruse.
Please stop, stop, please…help me out people…stop the madness. According to ‘experts’ on the Internet, the alignment of some of the planets, the Moon, Mars, and Pluto is going to cause gravity to cease on Earth for a few seconds. Say it isn’t so. Ok. It isn’t so.  Let’s just take a look at the … Continue reading →

April 08, 2014

10:00 PM | Heineken Has Beer Troubles in China.
Heineken is the latest international company to face roadblocks registering its trademark in China. The popular beer maker alleges that Wujiang Xili Machinery Factory, a small Chinese sewing company, is illegally using its name and logo. As FT.com reports, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce previously rejected Wujiang Xili prior attempt to register two … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Blood Moon Rising.
As I said yesterday, April is going to be a busy month.   April 14-15 (depending on where in the world you are Carmen San Diego), a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Pacific Ocean region, including Australia, as well as North and South America. It will be the first of two total … Continue reading →
1:25 AM | Hey regular Monday.
Hey regular Monday.
1:04 AM | Famed amnesia case,  K.C. died last week. Having lost both...
Famed amnesia case,  K.C. died last week. Having lost both hippocampuses after a motorcycle accident, he was somehow able to hold on to some memories, though “devoid of all context and emotion”… and his identity.   That’s actually a common theme in the neuroscience of accidents. It’s easy to see the victims of brain damage as reduced or diminished, and they are in some ways. But much of what they feel from moment to moment is […]

April 07, 2014

10:00 PM | Time For a New Patent Exam System?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should consider revamping its patent examination system, according to a new white paper authored by two members of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee. William F. Smith and Joseph Mallon argue that the current scheme has run its course and should be replaced … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Martian Lineup.
April is going to be an interesting month, astronomically speaking. Mars will be in alignment with the Earth tomorrow, April 8th.  Commonly referred to as an opposition, the Sun, Earth and Mars will all be aligned, with the Earth between the Sun and Mars. So for all you planetary imagers out there, this will be … Continue reading →
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