Archive for February, 2012


February 29th, 2012


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Patent? What Patent?

February 28th, 2012

Patent? What Patent?

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Thank you to JUSTIA.COM for the following article:

Santorum, Romney & Gingrich Sued for Patent Infringement Over Candidates’ Facebook Pages
Feb 28, 2012 by Joel Zand (@jzand)

Three GOP presidential candidates got slapped with a patent infringement suit yesterday (read it below) by a California partnership that holds a patent with social media implications for the candidates’ Facebook pages.

EveryMD, a California partnership, contends that one of its patents that enables individual Facebook members like Defendants Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich “to create individual home pages (‘Facebook Pages’).” Instead of suing Facebook, however, EveryMD opted to sue the GOP presidential candidates.

What makes this lawsuit particularly fascinating is that it comes on the heels of plaintiff’s unsuccessful attempts to get Facebook to buy its patent. (view the patent below). EveryMD holds three U.S. patents for a “Method, Apparatus and Business System for Online Communications with Online and Offline Recipients.”

U.S. Patent No. 6,661,714
U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 09/447,755, and
U.S. Patent No. 7,644,122

It is this last patent, the ’122 patent, that brings Santorum, Romney, Gingrich and their campaigns to court. EveryMD alleges that the three GOP candidates “have taken advantage of EveryMD’s voluntary [patent] licensing program” offer last year, an offer that expired. The now-rescinded program would have let the candidates pay $500 a piece “to avoid liability for infringement of the ‘122 patent.”

You can read the lawsuit and follow the case docket. Visit
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Save Kasama

February 20th, 2012

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Save Kasama

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 created major, long-lasting disruptions to every facet of people's daily lives and the potters in the town of Kasama were no exception. Located in Ibaragi Prefecture, Kasama has a long history of ceramic making dating from the 1700s. It is one of the most important arts and crafts centers in eastern Japan. The 2011 earthquake was particularly heartbreaking for this small community as kilns and ceramics were destroyed and livelihoods decimated in just a matter of moments. During early attempts at repair, aftershocks created as much damage if not more. Local artists are producing a film focusing on Akio Nukaga, a Kasama potter, who spearheads a movement to bring potters together to rebuild and rejuvenate their small town and its rich ceramic making heritage.

Under the banner of “Save Kasama”, the movement is reaching nearby towns as people join together in ways they had not done before. They voluntarily help each other recover from the devastation and saving Kasama represents more than just the recovery of a local economy. In recent years, new generations began to discover Kasama with a spirit of revitalizing declining rural regions of Japan through ceramics and related arts and crafts. In this way, saving Kasama represents hope for all of Japan to sustain strong communities and family lives and livelihoods in the country’s post-industrial age. It is also a message about art and its deeply positive influence on how we live in our contemporary world.

The doc film is produced, filmed and directed by Mike Douglass and Henry Mochida of the Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii, and R3IMAGE, a non-profit organization engaged in community-based filmmaking. Proceeds from the campaign will be shared with the Save Kasama fund in Japan. For more information contact Henry and colleagues so you may support their project visit IndieGoGo website:

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The Handshake

February 16th, 2012

The Handshake

For more information about this special event call 808. 638.7100


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Miss Latina 2012

February 13th, 2012

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Congratulations to all after a lovely evening at the Mamiya Theatre, in tribute to the 1st Annual Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant ~ Best wishes to Joleen Iwaniec Miss Latina Hawaii 2012. She is 22 yrs. old, attends University of Hawaii~Manoa, a double major in Education & Engineering. She is the daughter of John & Elizabeth Iwaniec and resides in Kailua. Joleen also received the Congeniality award along with the winning crown which allows her to enter the Miss Hawaii Pageant. She receives a $10,000 scholarship from Argosy University, a $1,500.00 scholarship from Woodmen of the World, an official Miss Latina Hawaii bracelet from Carets & Karets and other prizes. 1st runner-Up Steisha Sheather also, received the Lifestyle & Fitness award; 2nd Runner-Up Dzidzielia Trevino, received the Photogenic & Popularity awards!. The talent award was presented to Kaylah Miranda. For more information on the event contact Nancy Ortiz 285-0072 or Blaine Dutro 358-1007. Congratulations to all participants! Life is Good.

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