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During COVID-19 pandemic, patent case filings are slowing… and surging

According to a new analysis of patent litigation data by industry experts, court filings and litigation activity during the COVID-19 pandemic show declining filings and slowing activity. At the same time, new patent cases were actually up slightly between March and May compared to the same period in 2019. Federal district courts…

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Drone Surveillance of Protests Earning Bipartisan Scrutiny

George Floyd’s recent death while in police custody has generated a rash of protests around the world, raising questions about the nature of policing and the police’s role in society. The ensuing (and, at time of writing, ongoing) marches, demonstrations, and encounters between protesters and police have been endlessly covered, dissected, and…

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U.S. Department of Justice Mandates Changes to eSim Technology

The Justice Department (DOJ) has concluded an investigation into collusion between two wireless carriers and a related trade association regarding embedded SIM card (eSIM) technology. AT&T, Verizon, and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (or GSMA) were the subjects of the DOJ investigation that will yield changes to how eSIM standards…

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A Closer Look at the Antitrust Debate in the Technology Sector

The biggest and most influential technology companies – Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon – were once the darlings of Wall Street, the media, and consumers. But the tone has decisively shifted in recent months. Most news reporting focuses on data impropriety, privacy issues, and, increasingly, the pure size and scope of the…

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California Judge Rules that Qualcomm Violated American Antitrust Law

In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged semiconductor and telecommunications equipment giant, Qualcomm, with anticompetitive behavior. After a protracted legal battle, Judge Lucy Koh of the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the company had indeed violated antitrust law, creating potentially seismic repercussions for the chipmaker’s business…

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Quandary Peak Research is coming to KCBS

After years of growing steadily in Tinseltown, Quandary Peak Research is finally ready for our closeup! We’re excited to announce that we will be featured on This is LA, a locally-produced TV show about notable companies in Los Angeles. George was interviewed by host Adam Kruger about the work we do and…

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Huawei vs. US Government: A Primer

The race for 5G technological supremacy is on. US technology companies are competing against Chinese counterparts – namely telecom giant Huawei – for dominance of the next wave of wireless network technology. That competition has led to a United States government crusade against Huawei that continues to grow in intensity. Keeping tabs…

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International Cyberwarfare Raising Questions About US Contractor Relationships

Espionage is a time-honored tradition – after all, there have always been secrets for others to uncover. The advent of digital technology and the rise of the internet have opened intelligence efforts to new frontiers, and cyberwarfare is increasingly common. Hacking is a necessary weapon in the digital age, prompting governments to…

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The Quantum Encryption Race Has Begun

The never-ending technological arms race between companies seeking an edge has turned to physics for inspiration. Quantum computing is the latest frontier to be explored not only by giants like Google, IBM, and Alibaba, but also researchers and startups. Each party is trying to become the first to develop a computer whose…

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Code is Tricky, Part 4: What Code Says Is Different Than What It Does

Computer languages have an interesting quality not shared by many human languages: syntax is far more important than semantics. For example, in English, the sentence, “The colored clarifications eat sharply” is syntactically correct, but semantically meaningless. Computer programs care obsessively about syntax; the right syntax based on the rules of the specific…

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