News & Commentary

Malek Provides Deposition Testimony in Home Security Case

Professor Sam Malek, one of Quandary Peak’s computer and software experts, was deposed in a patent case on December 13, 2013. Malek was the lead testifying expert witness on several of the asserted patents. In particular, he was asked to opine on the infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,350,694 and U.S. Patent No.…

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Innovation Act Aims to Curb Patent Trolling

On December 5, the House passed H.R. 3309, also known as the Innovation Act, by a wide margin of 325-91. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it’s expected to receive limited opposition and could be signed into law by the end of the year. Proponents of the bill included industry…

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The Role of the US International Trade Commission

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is a quasi-judicial organization led by a bi-partisan team of six commissioners, appointed by the President and confirmed by Senate. They serve nine-year-terms, and their mission is to administer U.S. trade remedy laws fairly and objectively, while also advising the President and Congress on matters regarding…

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Runaway Growth: China’s Dominant Role in the Smartphone Market

In 2012, China became the world’s largest smartphone market, having accounted for 26.5% of global smartphone shipments that year. That put it well ahead of the US, whose market share dipped from 21.3% to 17.8% year over year (2011-2012), according to research firm IDC. Looking forward, both countries seem set to continue…

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FoxNews.com Article Quotes Software Expert George Edwards

A FoxNews.com story on computer glitches in the HealthCare.gov website features several quotes by Quandary Peak software expert George Edwards. The article adds to a recent flurry of reports chronicling bugs in the new federal insurance marketplace. Dr. Edwards explained the inherent challenges faced by engineers in building the site, and noted…

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Smartphone Patent Wars: Timeline of the Apple v. Samsung Legal Battle

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of intellectual property lawsuits involving Apple Inc. (who, ahem, does not like to be called Apple, Inc.). Apple went after Digital Research and Microsoft during the ’80s and ’90s for copying the “look and feel” of the Macintosh OS. But in the last five years, Apple…

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Edwards Tapped to Testify on GPS, Navigation, and Mapping Patents

Dr. George Edwards, Quandary Peak’s resident guru of location-based mobile services, has been asked to testify as an expert witness in a lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent for “Method and System for Providing an Image Vector-Based Traffic Information.” The case, Porto Technology, Co., Ltd. et al. v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon…

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Android’s Stagefright Media Player Architecture

A significant portion of today’s mobile devices run on top of Android OS. One of the reasons for the widespread adoption of Android is its open source nature. While this allows any programmer to look beyond the basic API (referred to as the Application Framework), understanding and modifying the lower layers of…

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Protective Orders for Computer Source Code

Proprietary software source code produced as evidence during discovery is typically afforded stronger protection than other types of evidence. The restrictions on how the source code may be stored, transmitted, and viewed are specified by a protective order (PO). Perhaps in an effort to control costs, many attorneys wait until after the…

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