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Amr Mohsen, founder and former CEO of Aptix, is being accused of trying to hire a fellow inmate at a correctional facilty to murder the U.S. District Court judge who presided over a civil patent lawsuit involving Aptix as well as a criminal case against Mohsen. According to an affidavit, the potential hitman told Mohsen "murder of a federal judge is a 'big deal' and would cost $25,000, but Mohsen allegedly answered, 'That's very high
This appears to be the end of a long descent by Mohsen. The original patent suit set off a chain reaction in other IP related cases after Mohsen "falsified engineering diaries and staged a break in of his own car to conceal evidence."
Once licensed to 18 countries for manufacture, only the plant in Izhevsk, Russia claims the right to sell the rifles now. The US is favoring the AK-47's because "the automatic Kalashnikov is inexpensive and requires less training to master than modern American rifles."
Eric Schwartz, a vice president of the International Intellectual Property Alliance, said "I'm not a big fan of guns, but that said, if the creators of this intellectual property have rights to enforce, I really do hope they can get them enforced in every country." Makes you wonder what the enforcement will look like...
Well, here's my second attempt at posting a story. Still trying to figure out what the editor gods are looking for.
Signs of Life in Martian Meteorite Doubtful
Scientists from the Office of Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science at the Johnson Space Center say the ALH84001 meteorite likely doesn't point to signs of life on Mars. In 1996 scientists from the Johnson Space Center and Stanford University reported they had found possible evidence of life on Mars on the meteorite. Dr. Steven Hawley says "the final answer may not be known until Mars samples can be retrieved for study by scientists." Is this more or less of a reason to send a manned mission to the red planet?