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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.

Congressman Wolf

In a statement Rep Wolf said that  the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government’s expanding use of telework.

Wolf’s actions came after a report in The…

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A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.


This past weekend was the RAS’s annual themed star-party weekend.

Mary Ken

Frank Food

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 it was even better.

Milky_Observatory Jtree_New_Lens

So, out came the Canon EOS-M (love this camera)…

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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 and Mayo Collaborative Services v.…

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If you, or someone you know, need help with any Intellectual Property issue, from filing a patent, trademark or copyright, or just advice regarding how best to protect your ideas and your brand, please contact mefor a free 30 minute consultation at or call (213) 785-8070 and ask for…

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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 this. As you might be able to tell, really like this idea as I have been…

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Honey Badger Don’t Care…About Trademark Battles.

Honey Badger

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 also has a pending application to register the…

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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 failed.

However, India “is likely to be somewhat limited…

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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 infringed VirnextX’s data security patents.

America Invents Act

Apple requested that the US Patent…

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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 the skilled workers they need, and the gap continues to widen. There…

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