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cookiejar
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Lawyer : Engineer ratio
cookiejar   5/3/2014 12:48:48 PM
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Back in the '70s, when Japanese companies were wiping out U.S. consumer electronic companies, one statistic in EETimes was the relative ratio of lawyers to engineers in each country.  The number I vaguely recall was that per population the U.S. had 20 times the number of lawyers relative to engineers than in Japan.


40 years later, I'm sure this ratio has increased even more as can be seen by all the patent and IP litigation.  Our industry has turned into a real cash cow for lawyers.   In addition, the U.S. has farmed out many engineering jobs to their subsidiaries in Asia, as well as bringing in cheaper foreign engineers because of "skill shortage". 


China I'm sure has an even lower number of lawyers and higher number of engineers, so we can expect that soon it will be making U.S. technology irrelevant.


Lawyers can be a very heavy financial burden on a country's economy.  This kind of legal action causes companies to stop development while preparing legal briefs, "dropping their gloves and fighting", like in hockey.  Mind you, like in hockey,  it does have entertainment value.  I'm sure the Chinese find it amusing. 


It's the sort of story you would expect in MAD magazine.  The U.S. politicians seem to have the "What me worry?" attitude.

 

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cookiejar   5/3/2014 12:47:24 PM
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Somehow I managed to double post my comment.  This is the only way I can figure out to eliminate the duplication.

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junko.yoshida   4/29/2014 7:10:04 AM
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This is truly fascinating. The slideshow demonstrates that pretty much anything can end up in a court room as "evidence" -- including a user comment! I cracked up when i saw:

Apple showed a third-party market research report written for Samsung in which one user was quoted calling Samsung's TouchWiz smartphone interface a "direct rip of iOS."

 

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Patents, Patents, & More Patents.
BobsView   4/28/2014 2:57:18 PM
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Hey, how about I patent a Smartphone that has audio quality that exceeds that of a desk phone.  20 to 20,000 Hz response. Call it the "High Fidelity Phone", to set it apart from its rivals.

What a concept! Then you could actually understand what the other party is saying.  

If they have the technology to pack 13 Mega-Pixel cameras on board, then this should be a piece of cake.

But I better not delay.  Some company will say they thought of it first and begin suing others for billions of dollars in rights.

It's amazing to me how totally useless stuff is worth billions in patent rights, but the things that would actually help me just get swept under the rug...

 

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Delays, returns
rick merritt   4/28/2014 11:40:42 AM
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The slides on delays and returns of Samsung phones from one report were among the interesting tidbits I found buried in one of the exhibits.



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