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Polaris PowerLED Technologies v. Samsung

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.

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH v. Nikon Corporation

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.

High-Value Ceramic Capacitors: They Stink, and You Can't Get Them Anyway

There are widespread shortages of electronics parts at the moment, especially passives.  Quoted factory lead times are 40 weeks or thereabouts, and since the industry is capacity-limited, it isn't clear that the situation is going to get better any time soon, so everybody's starting to panic.   Given all this churn I've been spending an unconscionable amount of time lately finding suitable replacements for out-of-stock parts. 

BEOS outtakes: Photographic Film

From the cutting room floor at Building Electro-Optical Systems, Third Edition:

Expert Case: Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.

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.)