Friday, September 25, 2009

Random Thoughts

Am I the only one wondering why Borders is selling the Sony Reader? Won't this device cannibalize the sale of Borders' books, particularly since Borders does not appear to sell electronic book versions? I don't believe that Chevron sells batteries for electric cars. Perhaps Borders should follow the Chevron model.

Does anyone really believe that Google is going to be able to put a settlement together in its class action case without substantially increasing the cash it's willing to put into the deal? I'm thinking that Google needs to ante up something around $500 million. That should reduce the objections.

Why hasn't the administration nominated an IP czar, yet? Come to think of it, perhaps this is a good thing.

The last time I checked the U.S. Judiciary statistics on patent litigation, about one-half of all patent verdicts are overturned on appeal. In other words, litigants have about a 50-50 shot of obtaining a different decision from the Federal Circuit. Which raises the question, why is it taking so long to develop patent courts?

Would you want your son or daughter, after recently graduating from law school and passing the bar, to work for the PTO? Even if big law isn't hiring?

Why are there more IP stories in the news on Monday morning than on Friday afternoon? What, the law takes a holiday on Fridays?

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