October 10, 2014

4:00 PM | Too Much Good Stuff Going On This Weekend In SoCal.
I hardly know where to begin, so we will start with the big one. The JPL Open House is back!!!! Yeah!!! If you have youngsters that want to be run over by a Martian rover, or you want to see the place where history is continually made, this is it! Saturday and Sunday 9am to … Continue reading →

October 09, 2014

4:00 PM | The Future Looks Bright For These Space Robot Battling High Schoolers.
On Monday, high school students from across the country assembled in a lecture hall at MIT, patiently awaiting a call from NASA. For four months, these students worked in teams as part of MIT’s Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition in which high school students program small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS). … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

10:00 PM | Patent Term Adjustments.
In the United States, after you have been granted a patent, but before the patent grant is issued, the USPTO reviews the patent prosecution history and determines if there have been any delays that may require adjusting the patent term.  Patents currently have a term that is 20 years from the earliest effective filing date.  … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Sun in the mornin’ and the Moon at night.
Yesterday, I posted some images I took of the Sun with just ordinary photographic equipment.  I didn’t get a chance to take any more images today, but this evening, the Moon was full and I decided to see what other ordinary camera capabilities are available.  Also, there was that lunar eclipse.  I didn’t stay up … Continue reading →
4:03 AM | swandive

October 07, 2014

10:00 PM | How To Fight A Domain Name Dispute.
At the last meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Bar  Association, one of the members asked me how to fight a domain name trademark dispute for one of his clients.  It isn’t as difficult as he wanted to make it, but there are a few different ways to handle this type of dispute. Generally, you … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Look At The Pretty Light.
In preparation for the upcoming Nightfall event, I took my modified Canon Rebel T2i out in the back yard to take some solar images. This time I decided to try something different.  I have a 200mm f8.0 Opteka mirror lens (catadioptric) manual focus lens. An ND 10000x filter on the front of the lens. And … Continue reading →

October 06, 2014

10:00 PM | Microsoft Sues Samsung For Licensing Deal Interest.
Microsoft had a billion dollar per year patent licensing deal with Samsung that started in 2011 over the Android operating system. Re/code posted the unsealed lawsuit showing Microsoft’s claims that its purchase of Nokia last year lead to Samsung holding up its payment for the second fiscal year of the deal and refusing to pay … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | ADRAFT:
- - 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 Angeles … Continue reading →

October 03, 2014

10:00 PM | Zillow’s Patent Estimator Drops In Value.
Zillow got some bad news recently as the majority of its claims in its home valuation estimator patent, the so called “Z-Estimate” tool, were found unpatentable. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO invalidated the claims during an inter partes review brought by Microstrategy, Inc.  The Board found that 25 of the 40 claims … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | NASA Invites Public to Participate in #SkyScience for Earth Science Week.
Another great citizen scientist opportunity.  Reblogged from NASA. NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists. NASA’s #SkyScience activity is part of an annual educational event organized by the American Geosciences Institute to encourage the public to … Continue reading →

October 02, 2014

10:00 PM | Google Survives Genericism Lawsuit.
Oh Google how common are you.  According to an Arizona federal court, it isn’t common enough yet to become generic. Trademarks are fall into one of these broad categories: Fancy Arbitrary Suggestive Descriptive Generic The first two provide the most protection, being either made up (Pentium, Polaroid, Xerox, etc) words, or non-associated (Apple for computers) … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | New Crew Ship Designs Selected By NASA.
NASA has decided on the designs for its next capsules to take astronauts to space and return them safely to Earth. Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to develop the new capsules, which should be ready by late 2017. Since the space shuttles were retired in 2011, everyone has used Russia’s Soyuz vehicles to … Continue reading →

October 01, 2014

10:00 PM | Use Caution When Sending A Takedown Notice.
There are many tools available to protect your patented idea, your copyrighted work and your brands (trademarks).  However, for as many people that may abuse these protections, there are nearly as many that will try to use the law in an abusive fashion themselves. For example, a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice CANNOT … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Hip-Hop And Physics… A Match Made In The Heavans.
Oh, Seatle, you lucky, lucky town. NASA brang its hip-hop physics tour to schools in your area.  (See my clever use of colloquial slang in the hip-hop sentence, a nice touch if you ask me.)  This is the 10th year that the tour has gone around the country to help teach everyone about physics. NASA’s … Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

10:00 PM | SpaceX May Help Overturn A Patent.
A recently approved patent granted to Blue Origin, LLC. for landing rockets on water-going barges may be overturned, thanks to an inter partes review initiated by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX). Blue Origins was founded by Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, and he is not new to the patent arena.  However, the rules have changed. U.S. … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Night At The Observatoies.
Last night the city of Pasadena held part of its AxS (“axis”) festival at the Carnegie Observatories.  AxS is a 2-week city-wide festival produced by the Pasadena Arts Council, exploring the nexus of artistic and scientific inquiry and promoting cross-fertilization between these disciplines. The theme of the 2014 Festival is “Curiosity” – the interplay between … Continue reading →

September 29, 2014

10:00 PM | Some Patent Examiners Could Go To Prison.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), A senior House Republican asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into reports that some federal patent examiners are getting pay and bonuses for time they didn’t work. In a statement Rep Wolf said that  the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government’s expanding use of … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.
This past weekend was the RAS’s annual themed star-party weekend. Although there were lots of pirates, food and booty for all, the wind kept my observatory shut. :( Being the resourceful astronomer, there is always more than one way to view the night sky.  The Moon and Saturn had a particularly close arrangement. Up close … Continue reading →

September 26, 2014

10:11 PM | Patent Office Issues Guidelines for Products and Laws of Nature
The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has issued a new set of training materials to provide guidance to patent examiners on whether patent claims improperly encompass laws of nature, natural phenomena and principles, or products of nature. The training materials are based on the US Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Pirate Star Party This Weekend!
It is time for the annual Riverside Astronomical Societies themed Star Party. And in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Friday, September 19th), this year’s theme is pirates! I, of course, will be dressed appropriately.  P.S. The image is to see if anyone actually reads this post, my outfit is WAY sexier than … Continue reading →

September 25, 2014

10:00 PM | Honey Badger Don’t Care…About Trademark Battles.
Ahh, the Honey Badger.  Who would have thought your toughest battles would be legal one. Christopher Gordon, the creator of the wildly successful Youtube video “Honey Badger Don’t Care” saw the potential and proceeded to trademark the now famous phrase for with clothing, audio books and computer game software, mugs, ornaments and plush dolls.  He … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | MOM In Orbit.
India has successfully placed a satellite into orbit around Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, marks an historic first for the fledgling Indian space program. Reaching Mars is a feat that only three other entities (NASA, ESA, and the Soviet Union) have successfully completed. More than half of the previous 41 missions arrived, 23 … Continue reading →
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September 24, 2014

10:00 PM | Apple To Continue To Pay Facetime Patent Royalty.
Apple Inc. has ordered by a court in Texas to continue to pay royalties to VirnetX Inc. for the using its patented technology in Apple’s FaceTime app. The royalty rate is .98% of the sales. Apple was previously ordered to pay VirnetX $368 million in patent infringement damages after a jury found that Apple products … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Manufacturing Day.
So what is Manufacturing Day.  It is an annual celebration, held the first Friday in October, of how things get manufactured.  Pretty simple.  But it is really more than that.  With the advent of the latest technology and the Maker movement, it can show you what is possible. Astonishingly, 80 percent of manufacturers cannot find … Continue reading →

September 23, 2014

4:00 PM | Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich recently announced their award for Astronomy Photographer of the year. With entries from 51 countries and 1700 entries to choose from, the committee had quite a task on their hands. Using his Canon 5D Mk III camera a 33mm f/3.2 lens at ISO 1000 and a 10-second exposure, James Woodend from … Continue reading →
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