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re: How to testify in a deposition for patent litigation
Net_chief   6/18/2013 1:12:50 PM
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re: "Even the most unpleasant, harrowing deposition has to come to an end." Patent Litigation is Exhibit A for the case that pre-industrial decision systems are grossly inadequate for the technology-centered post-industrial economy -- let alone for the impending digital economy. The jury/legal system is a misfit in the specialized field of intellectual property, by denying that intricate technology issues require seasoned judgement of experienced specialists. What is needed is technology-centric processes that help achieve the economic benefits from inventions and innovations, without getting mired in unproductive legal procedures.

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bbaudis021   6/21/2013 9:38:28 PM
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What would help is a better interpretation of the phrase "jury of peers". If the subject is engineering the jury should be engineers and the court officials should be experts in the field. This incidentally is practiced in many developed countries mostly with good results ...

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Toursuae.com   6/18/2013 1:47:11 PM
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I help full thanks for shering

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re: How to testify in a deposition for patent litigation
svann   6/18/2013 3:56:27 PM
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A wise man once said "There's nothing funny in a courtroom". Maybe not 100% true, but if you are a witness stick to the facts and let the lawyers do the jokes.

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Robotics Developer   6/18/2013 8:50:35 PM
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I can only imagine the pressure on the engineer before and during questioning. Engineers like to get it right but also want to not say the wrong thing that might be twisted. I have not been involved in a patent case but would want to spend a lot of time preparing with both the source documents and practice lawyers before giving a deposition. Anyone had the experience and would be able to comment?

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re: How to testify in a deposition for patent litigation
BrianBailey   6/19/2013 7:55:04 PM
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I have one piece of advise, and yes, I have been in this situation several times. Answer only the exact question you were asked. As engineers we are trained to be helpful - stop it. don't. You wont be thanked for being helpful. Make sure you really understand the question, and don't help them to clarify it. Make them do the work until they have given you a question that you can answer with confidence.

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bcarso   6/19/2013 8:52:49 PM
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Yes to Brian's comment! This is also applicable to tax audits, and one of the reasons to be represented by a professional, despite what it may cost. Brad

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re: How to testify in a deposition for patent litigation
docdivakar   6/21/2013 1:35:29 AM
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It is sad that we live in the age of litigation. Granted none of us engineers are as savvy as one of the ex-USA presidents (who debated what the meaning of the word "is" is...!), I do feel that many of us lack the gift of gab to explain what we mean clearly. What Brian opines above makes much sense in such circumstances. MP Divakar

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adelestuart   6/21/2013 7:00:40 AM
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I understand how to do it and I will apply what you said! http://www.fatherofthe-groomspeech.com/

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curmudgeon   6/23/2013 5:51:30 PM
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Brian was absolutely right. If you can answer with a simple yes or no, do so. Make them ask the follow-up questions. As in many other circumstances, don't volunteer.



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