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March 31, 2014

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10:00 PM | Are You Getting Shortchanged on Patent Royalties?
Licensing intellectual property can be a lucrative stream of revenue. However, businesses need to have procedures in place to ensure accurate reporting and royalty payments. According to Invotex’s 13th Annual Royalty Compliance Report, many companies are being shortchanged. It found that 89 percent of audited licensees underreport and underpay royalties. In addition, 56 percent underreport … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | A Mess(y)ier Marathon.
The weekend started out with a bang.  A jolt actually.  We felt the eathquake out here (barely), but it wasn’t enough to stop our intrepid Marathoner’s. The clouds, however, did stop us. So, as darkness fell, I decided to take some photos anyway.    Children playing in the dark, nothing seems to phase them. It is … Continue reading →

March 30, 2014

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10:27 PM | You cant front on my mom’s brackets, she’s ↑ 90%. Also,...
You cant front on my mom’s brackets, she’s ↑ 90%. Also, she’s actively picking fights w. Mich fans online right now. This explains a lot about me, Mr. Silver.

March 29, 2014

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3:26 AM | Photo

March 28, 2014

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10:00 PM | Copyright Pool Guidance From the 9th Circuit.
With the recent focus on copyright policy by the Obama Administration, it is clear that copyrights will gain an even higher significance as a component of American intellectual property. As previously discussed, the Department of Commerce recently released a green paper, entitled Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, which is intended to advance … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Doomed To Fail?
The ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency have joined forces to land a rover on Mars. The ExoMars project is similar to the Mars Curiosity rover that NASA successfully landed. The ExoMars mission has several stages.  The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and a EDM stationary lander called ‘Schiaparelli’ are planned for 2016. The TGO … Continue reading →

March 27, 2014

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10:00 PM | “Pablo Escobar” Denied Trademark Registration
The country of Columbia has refused to grant a trademark registration to the family of reputed drug lord Pablo Escobar. After an initial objection, Escobar’s widow and two children appealed. The Commission of Industry and Commerce issued a final denial. The agency found that granting a trademark would “be immoral and subvert public order,” according … Continue reading →
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5:48 PM | Help wanted: Crime data collection
Looking for a current resident of Tennessee for assistance in obtaining crime records. Got a TN...
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4:00 PM | Why Don’t We Have Rings?
This is almost embarrassing.  Saturn has rings, Jupiter has rings, Uranus, Neptune all have rings…and now even some asteroids have rings. Scientists have discovered that the asteroid Chariklo, all 258km wide asteroid Chariklo, has a ring system (the graphic above is old, the 258km is correct). In fact Chariklo has at least two ring that … Continue reading →

March 26, 2014

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10:00 PM | Village People Singer Reclaims Copyright
Victor Willis, likely more recognizable as the “police man” from the popular group the Village People, recently scored a significant copyright victory. After signing away his rights to popular songs like “YMCA” and “In the Navy” in the 1970s, he is again a rightful copyright owner. Willis, who helped write the lyrics to more than … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Plasma Protection From Sun Burn.
I was just reading an MIT article on how the Earth has a plasma shield that protects it from Solar storms Scientists and MIT and NASA where observing the magnetosphere when they noticed that when the Earth’s magnetic field comes into contact with the sun’s magnetic field the protection gets even stronger. This  region scientists … Continue reading →
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6:27 AM | H: month 3
H: month 3

March 25, 2014

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10:00 PM | Shifting Fees to Deter Patent Suits.
The Supreme Court is considering reviewing the standards for awarding attorney’s fees in patent suits.  Two cases are petitioning for review after they successfully defended against claims of patent infringement, but were denied attorney’s fees.  The petitions state that awarding attorney’s fees to discourage meritless patent infringement suits is in the best interest of the … Continue reading →
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7:49 PM | Just picked out a crime (harassment), years on the X, rate on...
Just picked out a crime (harassment), years on the X, rate on the Y, color of dismissals in green, looked up what caused the spike in the mid 90s (new harassment law) and they ya go. Crime reporting soared - but what’s that mean in terms of convictions? We have 9.8 million crime records from NYC, and 3.1 from Houston…pick some crimes, set your parameters, see what you can find and let me know. You can do it here.  We are processing 5.3 million data points […]
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4:00 PM | The Way It Began.
Scientists have been flexing their biceps, actually their BICEP2.  BICEP2 is a small aperture telescope design with polarized sensitive bolometer detectors made from a pair of transition edge sensors coupled to orthogonal phased antenna arrays.   BICEP2 was operated from the Dark Sector Lab at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station from January 2010 through December 2012. … Continue reading →

March 24, 2014

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10:00 PM | Settlement In A Closely-Watched Trade Secret Case
Zynga Inc. has settled its trade secret misappropriation case against a former general manager. The gaming company had accused Alan Patmore of committing “wholesale theft” of its trade secrets and sharing them with rival Kixeye. According to court documents, Patmore transferred over 700 company documents to a personal Dropbox account prior to ending his employment. … Continue reading →
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4:26 PM | ADRAFT:
 Ten Things You May Not Know About The Solar System. Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected and intriguing facts about our solar system – our sun and its family of planets – you probably did not know, or maybe have forgotten about! 10 ) The hottest planet isn’t closest to the sun Many people know … Continue reading →

March 21, 2014

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10:00 PM | Copying A Website Style Can Be Infringement.
A court held that claim for trade dress infringement can be brought when of the stylistic choices of a website’s design are copied, even if there is no underlying registered trademark.  An action under the Lanham Act for trade dress infringement can be brought to protect the website’s trade dress, or appearance, even when there … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Anitmatter Galaxies?
Apparently, the Sorbonne University has confirmed the detection of antimatter galaxies via a Santilli telescope with concave lenses. Antimatter is material composed of antiparticles that have the same mass as regular particles but have an opposite charge.  If an antimatter particle and a matter particle meet, they are both destroyed. So the question has been, … Continue reading →
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5:11 AM | I want a new mistake, lose is more than hesitate
I want a new mistake, lose is more than hesitate

March 20, 2014

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10:00 PM | Bad Software Patents Are Blamed for Litigation Abuse
The Government Accountability Office released a report pointing to low quality software patents as the main cause leading to the increase in patent infringement litigation.  The GAO was initially tasked with investigating the role of non-practicing entities, or trolls, in this upwards trend in patent litigation.  The report, however, surprised many by attributing less than … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Stanford’s Veteran’s Accelerator.
Please help me get the word out to our young vets in the community colleges. Stanford has a summer program for vets called  “Stanford 2 to 4: A Veteran’s Accelerator.” The 8-week program (June 21 – Aug 17, 2014) aims to partner with and build on a Veteran’s vast experience with a goal to provide … Continue reading →

March 19, 2014

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10:00 PM | Using Copyright Pools As A Tool Against Infringement.
Copyright pools must be a legitimate collection of ownership rights.  While copyrights are long standing, they are adapting to the changes of the digital age.  Recently the U.S. Department of Commerce published a green paper providing the most comprehensive analysis of digital copyright in almost two decades.  This paper encouraged initiatives on enforcement of copyrights … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Or we could talk about this. Either way.  h/t transceiverfreq
Or we could talk about this. Either way.  h/t transceiverfreq
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4:00 PM | Happy Birthday Hubble.
Can you believe that the Hubble Space Telescope was launched 24 years ago! It seems like yesterday that we knew everything about the universe…and then Hubble rewrote (and continues to rewrite) our understanding of the universe. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field and others showed us that what we thought was empty space, was actually quite … Continue reading →

March 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | A Software Patent Test May Be Coming
A recent appeal of a Federal Circuit decision might lead the Supreme Court to set a standard for the patentability of software programs.  Two recent cases have centered on this question and attorneys believe that one or both will soon be heard by the Supreme Court and lead to a clear test for this contentious … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Its Not Real…Really Its Not.
Planet-X, Niburu, whatever your local conspiracy theorist wants to call it, does not exist. After decades of astronomical observations and data, there is NO trace of a 12th planet (yes, counting Pluto). The believer’s in Niburu believe that this rouge planet will come smashing through the solar system sometime in the 21st century to destroy … Continue reading →

March 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | A Hulking Disney Character.
When you think of the Incredible Hulk you might not think of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, but maybe you should. Recently a Colorado federal judge dismissed a complaint for copyright infringement brought by Stan Lee Media Inc. against Walt Disney Co. over the rights to the comic characters created by Stan Lee.  These characters … Continue reading →
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