Interplanetary Patents Enforceability

I’ve been reviewing patenting matters; and being fascinated by all things New Space, got to speculating. Does patent enforceability define the edge of the known world? Of human civilization? How will the Court enforce patent rights off-Earth? Here’s the link to the full diagram [pdf link].

I’ve named the line of enforceabilityFirenzian Enforceability Orbits” (FEO) = the halfway mark of a physical no-layover trip by counsel (or bailiff!). The FEO name is in honour of the City of Firenze, Tuscany, Italy; city descendant of the Florentine Republic: the first State to award the first recorded patent, granted to Filippo Brunelleschi, architect and engineer (1421).

Using current law, Duration will be 17years. But what about Locus of Origination (LOO)? Will LOO be 17years from an Earth court, or Launch pad, or Space Station? Will enforcement commence from the Court of the “local” planet, or will system-wide law prevail?


And what about Faster-than-Light (FTL) Enforceability? Imagine the legal conundrums of FTL paradoxicality

Thomas Aquinas wondered: “Can several angels be in the same place?” If angels are quantum beings, it seems that they could be. What about FTL Process Servers? (ha!).





** Some parties might call it FOMO.





Space Tech Procurement Contracts note

This is an idea to speed up procurement by space agencies needing technologies for orbit:. Have a look at the proposal for US VA Combat PTSD Triage Care (for my medtech venture WarriorHealth CombatCare, “(c)”:

The model is US-focused because of pivot to US market. Recently, I noticed that the wait times endured by US veterans (in 2014) are much like the tendering challenges faced by orbital tech vendors. Perhaps there is something there to support rapid triage acquisition of new technologies? This is especially important for urgent re-supply of orbital allied missions managed the US Space Rapid Capabilities Office (Space RCO or SpRCO) 

Lower Cowichan River – Elevated Flood Risk Hypothesis

Also available: sketch with hypothesized ‘Sequence of Events’ sketch series with a ‘Mitigation Design’ concept sketch

Outside the remit of 2017 contract work for, I developed the hypothesis that the 2009 Lower Cowichan River flood became unusually worse because of the volume of flooding coupled with the architecture of the estuary.

The hypothesis is that the architecture (the natural and built topography and the ocean bottom of the exit to the sea) in certain conditions unusually leads to the creation of what I’ve termed “Saltwedge Lakes” and “Saltwedge Dykes” (the coined term “Saltwedge” referring to the hypothesized shape of formation of “salinity differentials”; which is the salinity differences of freshwater and saltwater meeting in a confined space).

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This can be imagined as something like a snowballing mini-tsunami of back-flooding that constantly rises as it ricochets. Private investigations led to the learning that the phenomenon is not well known and is hardly studied. If occurrence is validated here, it is fair to be concerned that it will replicate and be worse in this era of Atmospheric Rivers and Sea Level Rise. Also available, a nature-respecting flood defences’ concept; an idea to mitigate damage to the subject area.

Perhaps modeling will lead to placement of “Cowichan River Back-flooding Early Warning Altimeter Buoys” in Genoa Bay and Cowichan Bay? Here is the note sent to one of the local governments [link].

Note: Developed in parallel with the validated hypothesis that a dangerous buried river channel flows beneath Koksilah Industrial Park. Channel presence confirmed by City of Duncan civil engineers: See note here [link] and at “Research Director, Pringle Strategy Services”: