April 07, 2014

4:24 AM | Our Number One in the lab had a baby this weekend, and this is...
Our Number One in the lab had a baby this weekend, and this is the only lullaby I know. You’re welcome lil baby.

April 04, 2014

11:49 PM | wired: In this special WIRED edition of Science Friction, Rusty...
wired: In this special WIRED edition of Science Friction, Rusty Ward breaks down the real science behind brainwashing. Reminds me of a couple of points my x-KGB counterintelligence officer made clear to me, which differ slightly… and then expand on what Rusty says here.  1) Relationship. The brainwashing experiment he did on me was considered “great success” when I agreed with him on simple matters, or did a very simple favor. He said that was […]
10:00 PM | Current State of the AIA.
Congress passed the America Invents Act (AIA) roughly two years ago. However, many of the law’s provisions only became effective on March 16, 2013. In a recent forum to mark the milestone, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) heralded the progress made thus far. “The AIA has contributed to a more internationally harmonized, more … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | NASA – We Found The Fat One!
El Gordo, the fat one, was finally captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Jee (University of California, Davis) A galaxy cluster skirting the edge of the Universe 9.7 billion light-years away, El Gordo has attempted to evade capture, measurement and having its mug shot taken since it was first … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

10:00 PM | Court Rules Copyright Ownership Can Be Transferred Using Electronic Signature.
In a matter of first impression, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an electronic signature can create a legally binding agreement to transfer copyright ownership. The decision relied on the federal E-Sign Act of 2000, which clarified that contracts cannot be invalidated simply because the signature is in electronic form. The Facts … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Ready To Land.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26790833   - 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 … Continue reading →

April 02, 2014

10:00 PM | Google Expands Patent Search Tool.
Google’s Patent Search engine is a valuable and underutilized tool for inventors and businesses. It allows users to search several patent offices at once for granted patents, published patent applications, and even prior art. While the search engine previously only covered the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO), … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Distant Dwarf.
Scientists have identified a new dwarf planet in the distant reaches of our Solar System.  No, it isn’t Niburu. Called 2012 VP113, it is about 450km across and is very likely icy in composition. To date, Sedna is the only one other such object has been seen orbiting beyond the major planets in its region … Continue reading →

April 01, 2014

10:00 PM | Entertainment Industry Study Finds Online Piracy Growing.
Online copyright infringement shows no signs of slowing down, according to a new study commissioned by NBCUniversal and prepared by NetNames. Among the study’s findings — 432 million unique Internet users explicitly sought infringing content during just one month in 2013. The report, entitled “Sizing the Piracy Universe,” examined the three key regions where most … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Honey, I Shrunk the Planet.
Mercury, the smallest planet in the inner Solar System (yes, damn it, Pluto is still a planet!) and is getting smaller. Despite being so close to the Sun at 35,980,000 miles (57,910,000 km), the planet has cooled.  Today it is about 3 miles (7 km) smaller than when it  first formed about  four billion years ago. … Continue reading →

March 31, 2014

10:43 PM | Guess who loves their job today?
Guess who loves their job today?
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 →
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

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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March 28, 2014

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 →
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

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 →
5:48 PM | Help wanted: Crime data collection
Looking for a current resident of Tennessee for assistance in obtaining crime records. Got a TN...
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

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 →
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 →
6:27 AM | H: month 3
H: month 3

March 25, 2014

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 →
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 […]
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

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 →
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 →
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