A Night At The Observatoies.

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

Some Patent Examiners Could Go To Prison.

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

A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.

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

Patent Office Issues Guidelines for Products and Laws of Nature

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

Honey Badger Don’t Care…About Trademark Battles.

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