October 15, 2014

10:00 PM | The NFL, Copyrights and Tattoos Oh My.
Many players in the National Football League, most notably San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are well known for their ink. The tattoos are so much a part of their persona that they are featured in images and likenesses of the players, including television advertisements and football video games. As a result, the NFL Players … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House, Part 2.
There is just too much good stuff at JPL.  I still haven’t gotten through everything and I have gone three times already. Another scale model spacecraft.  This is of Herschel a collaboration between JPL, NASA and the ESA and was and the largest infrared telescope ever launched.  Last year Herschel’s liquid helium (used to cool … Continue reading →

October 14, 2014

10:00 PM | Can You Transfer A Copyright To Someone Else?
As with any other property right, some or all of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights may be transferred. It is quite common when a copyright owner wants to commercially exploit the work covered by the copyright. Of course, there are certain rules and requirements that must be followed to ensure that a transfer is legally enforceable … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | JPL Open House Part 1.
Among the many, many other events this past weekend, there was the can’t miss event…the JPL open house.  Restored after the sequester and budget cuts, this event should be on top of NASA’s outreach budget.  Although there is no advertising (except for a few emails and social media posts), the last event drew more than … Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

10:00 PM | The 101 Conundrum After Alice.
It isn’t a secret that I write software patents (among others, I have degrees in computer science, math, statistics and EE, so I like learning things).  Anyway, the knee jerk reaction by the Patent Office and the courts to the Supreme Courts decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, has unfortunately led to a … Continue reading →
4:00 PM | A Busy Weekend.
With so many things to do this weekend (including work), it was exhausting.  Saturday started with about 4 hours of work to meet deadlines. Then it was off to the Riverside Astronomical Society’s Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. There we concluded the year’s business for the club and more importantly finished next years calendar of … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

5:25 AM | "A banana."
"A banana."
3:47 AM | "What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard; we’re not..."
“What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard;...

October 10, 2014

10:00 PM | Trade Secret Theft Arrest Was Illegal.
A judge in New York threw out evidence against former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov and found that he had been illegally arrested in a trade secret theft case. As I had previously reported, Goldman was ordered to pay over $1.7 million for Aleynikov’s legal fees incurred in connection with the matter. photo by Steven … Continue reading →
SEX IS SEX. BUT MONEY IS MONEY.: criminalwisdom: I arrived in New York City from Chelyabinsk, a...
7:15 PM | "We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the..."
“We conclude that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the...
6:55 PM | Sex and Eugenics Sterilization
In looking through Johanna Schoen’s 2005 book, Choice & Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, it appears that, although eugenics-based sterilization procedures in the early-to-mid twentieth century appear to have targeted women more than men, men were also sterilized through these programs. Rationally, it should be unsurprising that men were targeted as...Read more → Sex and Eugenics Sterilization from in propria persona […]
6:50 PM | OK. Over the span of two years, I’ve targeted over a dozen...
OK. Over the span of two years, I’ve targeted over a dozen state, county and overseas jurisdictions, and collected 30 million crime records. Each request, is its own puzzling, expensive, long and tedious process - making it no surprise why it’s never been done before. Some jurisdictions are willing to collaborate, and eager to learn solutions, deserving a nod of approval. Others (I can disclose later) are set up so that it is easy for them to approve my requests in such a way […]
4:11 PM | laughterkey: land-of-propaganda: 3 years in Rikers Island, 2...
laughterkey: land-of-propaganda: 3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released 16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered […]
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 →
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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 →
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