Category: Litigation

Apple, Qualcomm End Patent Feud: What’s a Few Billion Between Friends?

The front page headline of the Wall Street Journal* blared the news: “Apple, Qualcomm End Legal Feud.” But the Journal declined to speculate how much money Apple will pay for the 4G, LTE, and 5G technologies patented by Qualcomm. “Undisclosed payment,” indeed. The stock market, though, has an uncanny knack for valuing deals. Qualcomm’s market […]

Top 5 reasons to choose a Chicago lawyer

Chicago can be a cold, hard place. Crime, corruption, taxes. Brutal winters. Why would one choose to live and work in Chicago? I’ll tell you my story, below. But first, and more to the point of this article, why would you select a Chicago lawyer to handle a case of national scope—such as a patent […]

Marching Orders

Business—at least as waged between competitors—is war. That observation was made in 1832 by Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz in his magnum opus, On War, based on his service in the Napoleonic Wars. We see this in the field of intellectual property (IP) rights. What is a patent, if not a competitive advantage, the legal […]

Why patent defendants hate East Texas (Part 1)

Why do patent defendants say such bad things about the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas? I asked this question of Michael C. Smith, the noted lawyer and blogger from Marshall, Texas. To prime the pump, I noted Texas Monthly calls his hometown “the intellectual property equivalent of a speed trap, a […]

Of patents and prizes, or are your engineers smart enough to invent?

Let’s say you own a business that makes something, whether it’s a software product or a hardware device. Your success depends on filling your customers’ needs better than anyone else. You innovate to make your products better, faster, cheaper. You solve your customers’ problems. That’s what your engineers and coders do. But you’re stuck on […]