Tuesday, May 08, 2012

NCIS does patents in "Up in Smoke" episode on May 8, 2012

A patent on piezoelectric graphene to character Harper Dearing (played by Richard Schiff  ) explains the power source for a bug implanted in a tooth of Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget.  The NCIS team learns this after the team marvels at the cleverness of the power source and suspects there is a patent is involved. Abby does a patent search to verify the "it must be patented" theory, finds the patent (shown on video), but her search at the USPTO is flagged by the DoD and Samantha Ryan shows up.  [Remember the old days with the IBM patent database?]

In the real world, there is a patent application titled  PIEZOELECTRIC NANOWIRE STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME to Samsung (US 20110101315 ), published May 5, 2011.  Paragraph 11 notes:  Provided is an electronic device including a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart from each other, a plurality of piezoelectric nanowires disposed on the first electrode, and a piezoelectric organic material layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode and covering the plurality of piezoelectric nanowires.   Paragraph 36:  The base substrate 110 may be an inorganic material such as glass or silicon (Si), or a polymer material such as polyethylene terephthalate ("PET"), polyethylene sulfone ("PES"), and the like. In addition, the base substrate 110 may be coated with a conductive material such as a metal, a metal oxide, carbon nanotubes ("CNT"), graphene, and the like on the insulator material. The base substrate 110 may be transparent and flexible.

Elsewhere in the "Up in Smoke" episode, there is an allusion to RDX, initials for Research Department Explosive, which is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications. [wikipedia]

Freddy Fountain's arm contained an encryption key, leading to a phone call between Gibbs and Dearing.  54728 Donovan Street is the location of Dearing's bomb factory.  A trip there reveals an empty warehouse, and a guard (night watchman) pushing a cart with a briefcase filled with cash.

Ghenna Koslov, the guard, is the best lead. DiNozzo gives the line, there's no there.   

Jimmy Palmer's bachelor party goes on.  Jimmy quotes Nathanial Hawthorne.  Vincent Maple is apprehended.  Maple was embezzling money.  The cooked books were in a microchip in Dearing's henchman.  

Samantha is on the phone talking to Admiral Davis.  Gibbs enters and asks about the defective artillery theory.  Gibbs:  why can't you be like a regular person?  Then a phone call from NCIS:  Director Vance is missing.


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