Patents Aside: Speaking of Space…

Yesterday I posted a short entry about a new design patent that CalTech received for the descent stage used for the Mars Rover. I’ve always been a bit of a space geek. I especially enjoy the photographs that the Mars Rover has been returning during its visit on Mars.

So one of my favorite daily routines is to visit the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day webpage. Every day they present a new photograph along with a brief explanation of the photograph written by a professional astronomer. It’s not only a chance to check out a nice photo, but I usually learn something too.

By the way, if you happen to be a photographer, astronomer, or just have a good picture for NASA, they take submissions.

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Cool Design Patent: Descent Stage for Mars Rover

Today the California Institute of Technology received an issued design patent for the descent stage used for the Mars Rover. The new patent is U.S. Patent D679,646. The cover figure is shown below.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of the California Institute of Technology. You can see photographs of the actual descent stage at the JPL website.

Cover figure of D679646

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Video Tutorials Coming Soon

Just a quick note to say “thank you” for all of the positive feedback I’ve received for the PDF series of posts. I try to respond to every post and email that I receive. But if I missed your question, please follow up with me and I promise I’ll try my best to help you out!

I’m working on adding to the series soon. I’m planning to do the new ones as video tutorials. I think it may be an easier format to follow.

Life has been quite busy lately. I’ve been hard at work on a new virtual patent marking service. We’re calling it “vmarked” and the service is available for you or your clients at I’m working with another patent pro on the project. We both have many years of exeperience that we are drawing upon to try to make this a quality product. We want it to be something we would use (since we will be using it 🙂 ).


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