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When you're a big rich company like Samsung, you have to expect to get sued, whether or not you do anything wrong. This case centered on the use of ambient light sensors for controlling the brightness of displays in things like phones and TVs. It settled almost on the courthouse steps--we were in Marshall, Texas in July 2019 for the trial. Expert witnesses never get to hear the settlement terms, but going by the width of the smiles on the attorneys' faces, it was a pretty good deal for Samsung.
This is a pretty exciting case: it's in the International Trade Commission (ITC), which is an administrative law court belonging to the US Department of Commerce. ITC cases are similar to patent cases in district court except for two things: first, there's no jury, and second, the schedule is compressed so that you're very busy! The advantage to the ITC from the plaintiff's point of view is that unlike district court judgements, which you pretty well have to enforce yourself, an ITC judgement directs the Customs Service to refuse infringing goods entry into the US.
This was a patent and trade secret case concerning lidar (laser radar) technology for self-driving cars and trucks. It was the biggest case I've worked on, with potential damages over $2 billion, and also one of the most fun. I was the defendant's expert on the patent side, and we beat Google--they dropped all their patent assertions. (This was made a lot easier by the fact that Uber wasn't infringing, of course.)
In the spring of 2017, I was approached by lawyers from two technology companies working in civil avionics (instruments for airplanes). I can't say who they were due to NDA restrictions, but the job was an unusual and interesting one. The two companies had been joint development partners, but the relationship had soured and trust had now broken down completely. Both were concerned that the other was misusing intellectual property disclosed during the joint venture, and they asked me to do do an audit to see whether this was in fact true. The situation was made more complicated because one company was several hundred times as large as the other, and of course there was no court-ordered discovery and no one was under oath.
Testifying defense expert representing Samsung in an action for patent infringement concerning optical storage, holographic optical elements, tracking servos, and signal integrity.