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Jury Finds Apple Infringed Smartphone Patent

A patent trial in the District of Delaware between MobileMedia Ideas (MMI) and Apple ended with a jury finding of infringement by Apple and an award of $3 million to MMI. The patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. RE 39,231, described the invention of the “polite ignore” feature on cell phones for…

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Lacking in Transparency: The Google Transparency Project

In April 2016, the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) launched the Google Transparency Project (GTP), aimed at creating an online resource for the public to explore the relationship between Google and the government—and the impact of this relationship on American lives. In a statement, CfA Executive Director Anne Weisman said, “Google has long…

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Open to Content: A Look at the Case for Net Neutrality

On June 14, 2016 the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Rules. The Court’s ruling came after more than a decade of intense debate over the relationship between Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the Federal Government, and internet users. Twice before, attempts by the…

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It’s Not Over Yet: Apple Inc. and the FBI Continue Fight Over Encrypted Data Access

In what could’ve been the highest-profile case the tech world has ever seen, Apple Inc. (ticker: AAPL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) locked horns for months over gaining access to an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attacks. The world watched as the tech giant…

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Design Challenges in Sub-11nm Process Technologies

As VLSI devices shrink to atomic scales, design and analysis become increasingly challenging. Dr. Shahin Nazarian, an expert at Quandary Peak Research and a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Southern California, has been conducting research on the design and analysis of high speed, energy efficient circuits…

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Nazarian Provides Deposition Testimony in BIOS Cases

Quandary Peak Research expert Dr. Shahin Nazarian was deposed in several IPR cases on March 15, March 16, April 4 and April 6, 2016. He was the lead testifying expert witness on six contested patents. Nazarian was asked to opine on the invalidity of US patents 6,519,659, 6,487,656, 6,633,976, 6,373,498, 6,401,202, and…

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Quandary Peak Advises Canadian FIRST LEGO League Robotics team

When software expert Jason Frankovitz got an email with the subject line “Robotics”, he assumed it was a client needing help with a technology project. But this client wasn’t some large computer company or high-powered law firm; it was a group of budding engineers from Sarnia, Ontario. The Canadian 5th, 6th, and…

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Award Winning Research Conducted by Quandary Peak Experts

Two Quandary Peak experts and their teams presented their latest research at the twenty-sixth International Symposium on Software Reliability and Engineering, one of the most accredited IEEE events. Dr. Mahdi Eslamimehr with his teammate from MIT won the ISSRE 2016 Best Paper award for “AtomChase: Directed Search Towards Atomicity Violations”, the result…

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Could Better Testing Have Prevented Toyota’s Unintended Acceleration Problem?

When human health and safety depends on software, correct system operation is the most important concern. Unfortunately, a lack of proper testing and verification in such systems allows program defects to remain undetected and later turn into hazardous failures. Here are a few examples from a long history of failing programs that…

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Relying on Sole Expert Witness, Samsung Wins Patent Case…Twice

Samsung prevailed in the retrial of a patent infringement case earlier this month as the jury found the asserted patents to be valid but not infringed. Quandary Peak software expert Dr. Nenad Medvidovic was called as an expert witness by Samsung in both the original trial, which took place in July, and…

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