Rick is an experienced Nashville intellectual-property litigator and an erstwhile part-time professor at Vanderbilt University Law School whose writing and teaching focuses on copyright issues but whose law practice involves a wide variety of IP-related disputes.
Dr. Evil Returns!
Almost immediately after the jury in the Apple v. Samsung patent/trade-dress case returned its verdict, the twitterverse was buzzing with Dr. Evil jokes. Try as you might, but you couldn’t say, “$1 billion” without either cracking up, or doing Dr. Evil’s little pinky thing.* Try it. You just can’t.**
* Huh, it looks like he actually says, “$100 billion.”
** As a means of counteracting the Dr. Evil thing, I tried doing it with a Carl Sagan impersonation—bill-yuns and bill-yuns of years ago—but it didn’t feel right.
I did my best to ignore the case while the trial was going on—there’s only so much a guy can take—but when I heard last Friday that the jury was about to return its verdict, I couldn’t resist the siren call of The Verge’s liveblogging. At first, I didn’t think it was a big deal, until I realized my brain was reducing every monetary figure by a magnitude—a defense mechanism against insanity, I think. And when you totaled it all up, yup, it was Dr. Evil time.
I’ve been asked about the verdict a lot at CoderFaire over the weekend, and Monday I was interviewed about it by the Nashville Business…Read More»