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A Case Study of Patent Abuse (PART II): Patent Trolls on the Run —The Printing Industry Is Winning!

TASA ID: 7210

This is a follow-up to my July 2016 white paper entitled, “A Case Study of Patent Abuse: Printing Industry Faces New Nemesis Impacting Growth and Employment—Patent Trolls.”

That white paper received enormous industry press coverage, and to my understanding was used as part of court proceedings resulting in the dismissal of two long and visible printing industry cases brought on by patent trolls, CTP Innovations (CTP) and High Quality Printing Innovations (HQPI). However, since then, two new cases emerged by patent trolls attempting to threaten and extort funds from printing industry companies and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) using standard technology common for doing day-to-day business in the printing and related industries.

A Case Study of Patent Abuse: Printing Industry Faces New Nemesis Impacting Growth and Employment —Patent Trolls

TASA ID: 7210

Patent trolls, the epitome of greed, thoughtlessness, and unethical behavior, are impacting the survival, growth, and development of printing and related companies.

 

The printing industry in the United States has been in a state of decline over the past 20 years (from approximately 55,000 companies to under 30,000 today). Traditionally a low-profit industry, printing companies and their suppliers are trying to find ways of increasing products and services focusing on digital technologies and related applications in order to increase profits and to save jobs. Patent trolls are inhibiting such growth and are causing companies to consider closing, downsizing, and laying off employees because they cannot afford to absorb the huge fees being demanded by the trolls, while also maintaining or growing business. The trolls are equivalent to extortionists with no sense of business morals and ethics, or of the nation’s push to grow companies, produce jobs, and keep or bring back as much business as possible to the United States.

Being an Expert Witness Part 2: In the Courtroom

TASA ID: 3587

I have worked as an expert witness for many years, providing software, user interface, mobile, and human factors expertise, primarily for patent cases. Recently, I was involved in a patent case that actually went to trial (most are settled out of court), where I testified in court.  This series of articles is about that experience. In Part 1, I introduced the case and discussed our legal team and the routine during the trial. This article will discuss some experiences and impressions from the trial itself.

Being an Expert Witness Part 1: Working with the Legal Team

TASA ID: 3587

I've been an expert witness for many years now, providing software, user interface, mobile, and human factors expertise, primarily for patent cases. This has been extremely interesting work. One interesting fact that many people do not realize is that expert witnesses seldom actually testify in court, because patent cases are almost always settled before they go to trial. That said, I was recently involved as the technical testifying expert in one of the few cases that did go to trial. In this two-part article series, I would like to share some observations from that experience. This article will discuss what it was like to work with the legal team during the trial. Part 2 will provide some observations from the trial itself.
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