Sunday, September 2, 2018

Technolink Snapshot September 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members

Many of us in the Technolink community know and understand that protecting our Intellectual Property (IP) is the key to fostering innovation and encouraging discovery in research and development across many fields.  With many current news stories focusing on the added economic value of IP rights, we turned to Technolink member Marc Karish, patent attorney at Karish & Bjorgum, a premier law firm that specializes in protecting the intellectual property of small to mid-size companies in California and beyond. In our conversation with Mr. Karish, he points out that timing is critical when it comes to protecting intellectual property -- whether it be medical devices, industrial and/or mechanical inventions or any results of the creative mind.

"Businesses should file patent applications as soon as possible," says Mr. Karish. "Under the America Invents Act, any delay risks someone else making the invention available to the public before the application filing date and thereby limiting or eliminating possible patent protection.  The inventor’s own public use, offer for sale, sale or public disclosure of the invention more than one year before filing a patent application renders the invention unpatentable."

For the first time in history, 80% of a company's assets are intellectual rather than physical. And, with global access to so much information online, an idea can be copied before it is protected. "The Internet allows for nearly instantaneous transfer and copying of inventions after they are made public.  If an invention is disclosed prior to filing a patent application, someone may start copying it immediately and that copying may prevent patent protection unless the inventor can show that the copier learned of the invention from the inventor."

In our fast-paced economy, protecting intellectual property domestically and abroad is more time-sensitive than ever. Karish & Bjorgum specializes in all aspects from acquisition and transactions to litigation. To learn more, visit  

Technolink member Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports the launch of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On pair of spacecraft from Vandenberg AFB on May 22, 2018.  The mission is a partnership between NASA/JPL and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which orbited Earth from 2002-2017. GRACE-FO will carry on the extremely successful gravity measurement work of its predecessor while testing a new technology designed to dramatically improve the already remarkable precision of its measurement system.  The two GRACE satellites, flying in formation, very precisely measure Earth’s gravity and changes in gravity around the globe.  For detailed information about the mission, see this link:  For a video of the launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9, click below:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot August 2018


Technolink congratulates member Yaron Gamburg on his new position as International Affairs Consultant. Mr. Gamburg is a senior diplomat who has just finished his tour of duty at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC where he served as Minister for Public Diplomacy. He worked closely with the US Department of State, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the State governments of Maryland and Virginia, institutions of higher education, think and fact tanks and the leaders of Jewish, Hispanic and African American communities, religious groups and institutions.

Mr. Gamburg has extensive experience in international cooperation in the areas of Homeland security, economic relations and public diplomacy.  He was also involved in bilateral trade negotiations, made presentations at OECD and at the EuroMed program of the EU, as well as at O’Reilly Gov2.0 global conference. In recognition of his contribution to California-Israel homeland security, he received an award from the California Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Gamburg also served as an official delegate to the Middle East peace conference in Annapolis sponsored by the George W. Bush administration.

Fluent in English, Russian, Hebrew and French, Mr. Gamburg was interviewed and commented to TV, radio, newspapers and digital media worldwide: LA Times, France 24, Le Monde, L’Express, Pervyi Kanal, Izvestia, Kol Israel, Maariv and many others.

An early adapter and enthusiast of Digital Government, he initiated a training program on digital diplomacy that became mandatory for all diplomats within the Israeli Foreign Service. He also blogs about Diplomacy in the age of social media on Small Talk 2.0.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Technolink Snapshot July 2018

Happy 4th of July

It's that time again for baseball games, picnics, and barbecues with family and friends. Over the next few days, I encourage all of us to take a few moments to reflect upon the many great American liberties and freedoms we have today in this great nation because of the selfless sacrifices of our military and public safety heroes of yesterday and today.  
May everyone have a safe and wonderful summer!

Snapshot News 

At this special time of year, we are reminded of the many sacrifices and stories of courage of great heroes. In a recent correspondence with Technolink member Colonel Chris Richie, USMC, instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, he shared his concept of the "Invisible Medal." 
After 26 years of active duty service, he offers reflection on the true value of servant leadership. Less about performance, mission or profit, it has everything to do with people, relationships and unlocking the full potential in everyone. To learn more, please take a moment and listen to Colonel Richie's recent interview with Ken D. Foster for the Voices of Courage podcast. Listen now >> 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot June 2018


Larry D. James of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announces the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) Follow-On Mission which extends the innovative measurements of the GRACE Mission which ended in September. Among its innovations, GRACE has monitored the loss of ice mass from Earth's ice sheets, improved understanding of the processes responsible for sea level rise and ocean circulation, provided insights into where global groundwater resources may be shrinking or growing and where dry soils are contributing to drought, and monitored changes in the solid Earth.  The Follow-On Mission satellite now orbiting the earth is collecting very precise gravity measurements that allow for the monitoring of data such as the aquifer depletion in California.  


Congratulations to Blake Stephens, Architecture and Drafting Technology Department Chair at Saddleback College, who was recently named the 2017-2018 Faculty Member of the Year in honor of his contribution to the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services Program. As Architecture and Drafting Technology Department Chair at Saddleback College, Blake Stephens manages 17 faculty members and class schedules for architecture, drafting technology, construction inspection and rapid digital manufacturing courses.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day  

Celebrate the liberty and freedoms
of our great nation.

Take a moment to give thanks
to our military and public safety heroes
for their honor and courage
in defending our democracy.
And, take a moment to thank their families.

Thank you for your continued support of
the Technolink Association.