Jury foreman in Apple vs. Samsung had 'light bulb moment'
8/28/2012 10:05 AM EDT
Highlight of a 40+ EE year career
After serving in the Navy, Hogan started his career in 1969 as a hard disk technician, spending three years in night school earning his EE degree. He worked for many of the top storage and computing companies including Memorex, Storage Technology, Digital Equipment, Seagate. Micropolis and Quantum. It was a time when drives were evolving from “the size of top-loading washing machines to bricks.”
“Besides my family, this case was a highlight of my life--it’s a landmark and precedent setting. It’s a historic case. We’ve never had a patent infringement case this size or this kind of technology,” he said.
When it was all over, “I didn’t know I was going to be bombarded, but since the trial stopped both of my phones haven’t stopped ringing,” Hogan said.
His hour-long interview with EE Times took place after he had spent the day driving up to San Francisco and back for a live video interview with Bloomberg. Since the case was over, Hogan read much of the reporting on it and felt much of it was inaccurate.
“I determined I wanted to set the record straight,” he said.
Jurors “had the ability to understand legal jargon, profit-and-loss statements, patent language and how hardware and software functions--so we had the ability to come to a just decision and we stand by it,” he said.
As a tech consumer, Hogan is a PC guy and owns a Motorola Droid smartphone. “People called me an Apple skeptic,” he said.
“I never owned Apple products. I grew up in the computer industry on the hard drive side. What made me a PC person was my experience designing test equipment. Apple products are consumer oriented, and could not be easily used in test equipment--they are not designed in that way,” he said.