Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case.

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

Patent Office Guidelines for Products and Laws of Nature.

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

Citizen Scientist Adds To Supernova Science.

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

“He-Man” Writer Is Not The Master Of The (copyright) Universe.

“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