Just did my first Periscope video post #edtexweblog - Recent Case Transfers about recent activity sending cases to visiting judges. Didn't see any of you live during it, but it's available on my Twitter feed here, it appears -
I'll say this - it takes way less time than writing a post! Steve Dotto has an interesting post on how Periscope works, and it got me intrigued.
Glad to be in Tyler today for Judge Leonard Davis' (outstanding) portrait viewing with many other lawyers who have appeared before him through the years. His staff gave him a custom gun case with their signatures on the (very cool) as well as a book memorializing his time on the bench (even cooler).
For those that have not seen it yet, here is a link to KLTV-Tyler's ten-minute special report Wednesday night on the patent docket in East Texas. The text of the story is online, but a link to the video is included as well.
Reporter Taylor Hemness' feature is not your typical 90 second "gee there are lawyers in suits all over the square - wonder why?" story, and includes a lengthy interview with U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis about the docket.
A famous historian once observed of the southern part of the United States that in it the past is not forgotten - in fact it really isn't even past.
Ready to be stickered as an aditional exhibit in support of that proposition is the 20th Annual Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture and Banquet, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. this evening in the Phillips Great Room on the ground floor of the Bennett Student Commons at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
The lecture series program commemorates the late congressman and Eastern District of Texas judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU. (He also took in strays as law clerks from time to time, including yours truly, hence his location in my office peering down at me when I'm at my desk. I get in trouble if I'm not watched, so he and Pam are keeping a careful eye out).
Phillip B. Meyer, Houston businessman and ETBU trustee, will speak on his life experiences and growth in faith as a business leader. Currently a partner and vice-president with Oilfield Precision Products, Inc., of Houston, Meyer is the former president of Core International, LLC, and has more than twenty-five years of experience in various facets of the petrochemical industry, including finance, sales, engineering, operations, customer service, and capital equipment sourcing.
The program will also include the announcement of the sixth annual Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award recipient.
Whatever is Right: Sam B. Hall, Jr., the biography of Judge Hall, will be offered for sale, with proceeds going to benefit the endowment in Judge Hall's name.
Interesting article about the local patent docket by reporter Dylan Baddour in Thursday's Houston Chronicle. The article focused on some of the recent litigation involcing Apple, and has commentary by Prof. Paul Janicke and me on the whys and wherefores of the docket.
Pursuant to his announcement in January 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard Schell of Plano took senior status yesterday, following more than 25 years of service on the Eastern District bench, ending the district's brief ten week honeymoon of having all eight judgeships filled.
Earlier this year, in "Who're You Calling Plaintiff Friendly?" in Texas Lawyer Jeff Saltman and I analyzed the verdicts in patent cases in 2013 in the Eastern District of Texas. Well, 2014 isn't done with just yet, but I was checking my list and reading it twice in preparation for the holidays, and wanted to pass along what I have found so far for the two years combined.
Taking the two years together, we were tied at ten plaintiff verdicts and ten defense verdicts, with each side also having one win in the two invalidity-only trials, until last week. Uniloc broke the tie in plaintiff's favor, assuming no more verdicts before year's end.