November 11, 2014

5:00 PM | Tomorrow’s The Big Day For Philae!
Tomorrow the first ever soft landing on a comet is scheduled.  Touchdown should be Wednesday, at 3:35 a.m. Eastern time. The Philae landing site covers about a third of a square mile.  Hopefully, the area is smooth and clear of obstructiongs.  However, because it is a comet, Philae will still be close to streams of dust … Continue reading →

November 07, 2014

11:00 PM | Qualcomm Avoids Patent Suit And Wins Fees.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed dismissal of a $1 billion patent suit against Qualcomm brought by Gabriel Technologies Corp.   Pending before the court is the $12.4 million lower court award of fees and sanctions. Gabriel sued Qualcomm for infringment of Gabriel’s patents for  GPS technology in pagers and that Qualcomm used Gabriel … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | The End Of A Project.
For almost a year now, I have been working on a time lapse project of my back yard. Once every 40 seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, my trusty JVC GZ-E200RU would take a 5 Megapixel image of the view out of my backyard. Sadly, tonight that project came to an end.  … Continue reading →

November 06, 2014

11:00 PM | Obviously Barking Up The Wrong Tree.
One of the statutory hurdles that you must overcome to be granted a patent is “obviousness.”  That means that if your idea is just a variation of what has already been invented, then you cannot be granted a patent. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit involving sports jerseys for dogs, … Continue reading →
5:48 PM | Don’t call it a comeback.
Don’t call it a comeback.
5:00 PM | ESA’s Spacecraft On Track To Find Even More Planets.
The recently launched Gaia spacecraft could detect could 21,000 exoplanets during its five year mission to construct a 3D space catalog of approximately 1 billion astronomical objects.   When Gaia reached its final mission point, the spacecraft literally turned its back on us. That’s because the Sun  shade, deployed after launch, generates power for the … Continue reading →

November 05, 2014

10:35 PM | Preserving Jeffersonian ideals through government regulation
In the contentious years of Gilded Age America -- 1870-1900 -- the general consensus has been than the United States, laissez-faire capitalism and "liberty of contract." Reality, unsurprisingly, was more complex.Preserving Jeffersonian ideals through government regulation from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.
5:00 PM | Sick Day :(
Spent the last 13 hours sleeping (not normal).  Super bad headache and fever.  I’ll return soon…   - 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 … Continue reading →

November 04, 2014

11:00 PM | YouTube Copyright Disputes.
Google and Viacom settled a seven-year-old lawsuit where Viacom sued Google for $1 billion for alleged copyright infringement for enabling the streaming of Viacom’s television programs via Google’s YouTube unit. Viacom owns the Paramount movie studio and cable networks such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. The dispute involved clips users had uploaded from shows … Continue reading →
5:00 PM | No post today.
Sorry, an emergency came up and I need to deal with that first. :( - 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 … Continue reading →
2:36 AM | Harvard Law School’s Jon Hanson gave a talk about...
Harvard Law School’s Jon Hanson gave a talk about inequality today: "…Why has the vast majority of the population been left behind in a sea of inequality? And why is that happening even in the United States, where the economy has been growing and where fairness and the potential for upward mobility are supposedly highly valued?” Many partial explanations have been proposed, and Hanson will focus on one root cause that underlies most of those other explanations. His […]

November 03, 2014

10:00 PM | Harley-Davidson Sues Urban Outfitters for Trademark Violations.
Harley-Davidson has sued clothing company Urban Outfitters Inc. for allegedly violating Harley trademarks by buying licensed Harley clothing, shredding it, and then re-branding the apparel before re-selling it. The shredding clothing is part of the Urban Outfitters “Urban Renewal” line. Urban Outfitters allegedly ripped sleeves and necklines off of Harley-Davidson tops to create a tank-top-style … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | The Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo, Part 1…The Journey.
We start our story out with.. THE JOURNEY. Most journeys are uneventful, I wish I could say the same about this one.  After packing the car and backing out of the garage, I noticed a big ‘thing’ sticking out of the passenger front tire.  Not wanting to get stuck and still having plenty of tire … Continue reading →

October 31, 2014

10:00 PM | Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case.
Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan won a trademark case involving the use of his identity by a Chicago supermarket chain. In 2009, Sports Illustrated published a special commemorative issue devoted to Jordan’s career, in recognition of his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jewel Food Stores, Inc. was offered free advertising in the magazine … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Tuscon Bound For the Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo.
October is a busy month for astronomy.  First Nightfall, now the Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo in Tuscon. Since the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) is on hiatus, this is the newest astronomy show in the west.  Unfortunately, due to work, I will only be able to attend Saturday then I have to high … Continue reading →

October 30, 2014

10:00 PM | Patent Office Guidelines for Products and Laws of Nature.
The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has issued 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 and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. The new … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | Citizen Scientist Adds To Supernova Science.
Japanese amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki discovered a “new” star that was really a Nova in Delphinus. The next day after the report the scientists at the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) atop Mt. Wilson pointed the world’s largest infrared telescope at the event for the next 27 days. The CHARA group was able … Continue reading →
1:08 AM | Come here often?
Come here often?

October 29, 2014

4:00 PM | Fall Down And Go Boom!
If you hadn’t heard, yesterday an Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. blew up during takeoff from the Virginia spaceport. First, things like this will happen until we find a better way of launching objects (and people) into orbit. I think Steve Buscemi’s character Rockhound in the (much maligned) film Armageddon said it best: … Continue reading →
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October 28, 2014

10:00 PM | “He-Man” Writer Is Not The Master Of The (copyright) Universe.
Mattel Inc. has won a copyright case involving a former freelance writer of “He-Man” mini comics. Donald Glut was hired in 1981 to create the comics to develop the backstories of Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” toy characters, including “He-Man.” After Glut threatened to sue Mattel to enforce his claimed rights in Mattel’s toy line, … Continue reading →
5:49 PM | Crowdsourcing Science Over the course of a couple years, our...
Crowdsourcing Science Over the course of a couple years, our neurolaw lab has read every statute & criminal offense in NYC, since before you were thought of - what I call the 70’s. We’ve classified 9.8 million crimes and put them online to crowdsource findings. If this city isn’t your thing, we did Miami, Houston too… and just about to finish the entire state of New Mexico (Alabama is next).  If you’re into crime, brains & playing with data, this is […]
4:00 PM | The Partial Eclipse…Partially Captured.
Now that I have just about recovered from a great Nightfall, it is time to start posting the fruits of my sleepless days and nights in Borrego Springs. As I arrived on Thursday afternoon, I was just in time to catch some of the partial eclipse.  However, I was just arriving and it takes about … Continue reading →
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