Michael Sneed’s Tuesday Chicago Sun-Times column included an entry entitled "Ring. Ring."about the Northern District. She rarely covers Northern District happenings, but the Conrad Black trial is major international news. Sneed reports that during the Black trial, an attorney’s cell phone "erupted" with a ring tone from The Exorcist. The always gracious Judge St. Eve reportedly responded to the ring, saying "I hope you didn’t program that ring just for this trial."
While the Black trial is not intellectual property-related, I am blogging about Sneed’s piece because it highlights an important practice tip: If you cannot turn off your phone when you enter a courtroom, at least put it on vibrate. Everyone has made the mistake of forgetting to silence your phone (mine was in church, very embarrassing), but to avoid it altogether leave your phone on vibrate permanently.