Saturday, June 10, 2006

New Jersey's Jack the Cat trees bear

On June 4, Jack the cat be came a hero when he chased a black bear out of his neighbors' yard (near West Milford, NJ) and up a tree.

Suzanne Giovanetti was reading at the kitchen table when her husband Dean cried out from the TV room at the back of the house: A black bear had just scurried up a tree on the edge of the couple's backyard in Shady Lake, a private community at the base of West Milford. As Giovanetti watched on, she saw the bear cast frequent, worried glances down at the cat, a 10-year-old orange-and- white tabby named Jack. The bear seemed scared.

Jack's owner Donna Dickey, 48, who lives two doors down from Giovanetti, walked out on her back porch to photograph the bear when she heard her neighbor yelling from the balcony. Jack chased the bear into the brush and up another tree about 15 feet away. He then stood watch for a few minutes before Dickey, who had run to Giovanet ti's porch, called him to her. The cat sauntered back toward the group, "rubbing up against everyone," Dickey said. "He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey added. She said the cat hardly strays beyond the three connecting yards, which he considers his territory. "We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty,' never knowing he'd go after a bear."

***The connection of "Jack the Cat" to patents

In the last week, I had an opportunity to talk to someone about diesel soot, one of my favorite topics. He was an MBA/entrepreneur type, and mentioned how well Caterpillar had done in the IP business. I mentioned the Clyde Bryant story about how ACERT was previously invented. He didn't know what I was talking about. The thought of Clyde Bryant as "Jack the Cat" treeing Caterpillar didn't show up on his radar. It didn't show up in the Lerner/Jaffe book either. A lot of MBA types criticize the patent system without knowing quite how it works.

Of other info in the soot biz, see a report on Honda's diesel exhaust treatment system wherein exhaust flows through a plasma reactor. No automaker has built a diesel-powered car that can meet pollution rules in California and some Northeast states, which are tougher than federal requirements.

"If they [Honda] can get it out there, it's an engineering tour- de-force," said Robert Weber, who analyzes exhaust systems for Tiax LLC, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting firm.


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