Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this – a traffic jam – what would you do?

The Battle over Net Neutrality

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!


via Battle For The Net.


Incredible Art Made by Projecting Light onto a Polyhedron Sculpture

While it may be accurate to describe New York Artist Dev Harlan’s art as the projection of changing light patterns onto a polyhedron structure, such a description doesn’t do justice to the beauty created by Mr. Harlan.  Someone was paying attention in his geometry class…

Dev Harlan – “Parmenides I”, 2011 from Dev Harlan on Vimeo.

Dev Harlan – “Parmenides I”, 2011

Foam, wood, plaster, video projection

Dimensions approx 8′ diameter

Light sculpture at Christopher Henry Gallery, NY. Presented as part of Dev Harlan’s solo exhibition “The Astral Flight Hangar”

Videographer: Dustin Cohen

Audio: USMILEAMBIENT by Shamantis




Oct 28 is the Last Day to Block Registration of Your Trademark as a .XXX Domain Name

XXX Top Level DomainOwners of registered trademarks have until October 28 to reserve names in order to ensure that they are not registered as .XXX domain names.  The .XXX top level domain is intended for use by the adult entertainment industry (i.e. porn websites).

You can secure a block through any .XXX Accredited Registrar.  The block, referred to as Sunrise B, costs around $200 per qualifying mark and lasts 10 years.  The application does not result in a domain registration.  Rather it creates a block to prevent a third party from registering your trademarked name as a .XXX domain.

For example, The  Coca-Cola Company owns the registered trademark Coca-Cola; a block prevents a third party from registering the domain name Coca-Cola.XXX (for example, for a porn site or with the intention of profiting by selling Coca-Cola.XXX back to The Coca-Cola Company).

In order to qualify for Sunrise B, the trademark must have been registered prior to September 1, 2011, and the following must be supplied to the registrar during registration:

  • Federally Trademarked Name.
  • Trademark Registration Number: The registration number for your trademark (not your application number).
  • Nation Code: The country where your trademark was registered.
  • Trademark Registration Date: The date your trademark was registered.
  • Trademark Ownership.

Members of the Adult Sponsored Community can file “Landrush Applications” from November 8th through November 25th.  General availability pre-registration begins on December 6 for members of the Adult Sponsored Community.


Prior Art and Research: Social Science Research Network

Another site to search prior art and scholarly articles:

Social Science Research Network SSRN Home Page.


How to digitize your life (or at least have a paperless office)

Over the last several years many people have asked me how to remove paper from their lives.  Here are some tips on how to empty your file cabinets and get rid of that pile of mail.

Scanner + OCR = pdf

Get a duplex document scanner with at least a 25 sheet feeder and good OCR software.  I use a Fujitsu Scansnap that is a few years old and it does a nice job.  For OCR I use ABBYY FineReader that was bundled with the scanner.  Acceptable entry-level scanners start at around $300, but it is worth spending more for the next level up.  The more expensive models give you greater scanning speed with less misfeeds and paper jams.  This is especially important if you want to scan different types and thicknesses of paper at the same time, such as bills, credit card receipts, and business cards.  If you really want to go all out, buy a networked scanner.

If it doesn’t come bundled with your scanner, buy Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro (unfortunately, bloated and expensive).  [Read more…]


Patenting Methods of Determining the Value of Patents?

So, will we see lawsuits for infringement, not of the patents that are sold, but for determining how much to sell them for?

7,493,262 Method for valuing intellectual property

7,386,460 System and method for developing and implementing intellectual property marketing

7,346,545 Method and system for payment of intellectual property royalties by interposed sponsor on behalf of consumer over a telecommunications network

7,346,518 System and method for determining the marketability of intellectual property assets

7,315,836 Method for obtaining and allocating investment income based on the capitalization of intellectual property

7,292,994 System and method for establishing value and financing of intellectual property

7,272,572 Method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property

7,269,566 Method for obtaining and allocating investment income based on the capitalization of intellectual property

7,228,288 Method of repeatedly securitizing intellectual property assets and facilitating investments therein

7,216,100 Method for obtaining and allocating investment income based on the capitalization of intellectual property

7,188,069 Method for valuing intellectual property

6,959,280 Method of protecting against a change in value of intellectual property, and product providing such protection

6,330,547 Method and apparatus for establishing and enhancing the creditworthiness of intellectual property

6,018,714 Method of protecting against a change in value of intellectual property, and product providing such protection

via Ip Prospective “Proof of a Burgeoning Market: Patenting IP Valuation Methods | IP P®OSPE©TIVE“; 12:01 Tuesday “Patenting the Business of Patents“.


Richard Feynman – Ode on a Flower

Richard Feynman was one of the great physicists of the 20th century, and an incredible teacher.  He won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics.

I learned about Feynman in the 1980s when I was studying physics, and spent many a night watching films of his famous lectures at Caltech.  To this day, he has inspired me to persevere in my love for science and math, while appreciating that science and math do not derogate the arts and humanities.  To the contrary, math and science only add to the beauty, mystery, and appreciation of the world – art and science are complementary.

This short video says it all: YouTube – Richard Feynman – Ode on a Flower.


Divisional Applications, Europe, and the Paris Convention

EPC Rule 36:

(1) The applicant may file a divisional application relating to any pending earlier European patent application.

(2) A divisional application shall be in the language of the proceedings for the earlier application and shall be filed with the European Patent Office in Munich, The Hague or Berlin.

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USPTO in 2012: Over 600,000 applications filed, and backlog of 1.4 million

Patent Applications Filed 1995 to 2012

Source: USPTO 2007-2012 Strategic Plan

The United States Patent and Trademark Office predicts that patent application filings will continue to increase to over 600,000 a year in 2012.  Furthermore, according to their own estimates, there may be a backlog of around 1.4 million patents:

It is an unchallenged reality that the rate at which patent applications are being filed has increased beyond the rate at which the USPTO is presently able to examine them, resulting in an increasing backlog (cases that have not been examined). It is possible that this backlog could approach about 1.4 million by 2012—unless something is done.

Link: USPTO 2007-2012 Strategic Plan.


Roundup: In re Bilski


Fish and Richardson:


Electronic Frontier Foundation:

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