Here are several posts related to IP litigation that are worth a read:

  • Anne Reed at Deliberations has a fascinating post discussing a study about the differences between city and suburban or rural juries — click here to read it.  The study is focused on criminal cases, but it has value for civil juries as well.  It is no surprise to anyone involved in trials across the country that city jurors act differently than suburban or rural jurors.  But the real message of Reed’s post is that you have to be careful to draw overly strong conclusions about one factor (juror’s home addresses) from a study of a massive, complex system like a trial.  The outcomes are also dependent upon the sophistication of the court as to the subject matter and type of law of the case, the volume of the court’s docket, etc.  And there might be more important ways to classify jurors.  For example, relative wealth and level of education may be more important factors than where they live.  But Reed points out that the real value of the study for lawyers, consultants and litigants is that it makes us think about how juries are influenced and challenges our preconceived notions.  Reed challenges us to Reed the study and use it as a springboard, instead of as an answer.
  • At his The Prior Art blog, Joe Mullin has an update on Scott Harris and his patent portfolio, after his settlement with his former firm, Fish & Richardson — click here for the post.  Harris and Memory Control Enterprise recently filed a patent infringement suit in the Northern District involving GPS navigation technology.  I will post about those cases as opinions and orders are issued.
  • Here is a useful white paper on taking cross-cultural depositions from the All Language Alliance.  Hat tip to Evan Schaeffer at his Illinois Trial Practice Weblog for the link in a post about depositions using interpreters.