first litigation support involved analysis of the claims that Plasma
Physics was asserting against everyone using plasma CVD, locating the
prior art, and generally supporting the contention that the assertions
were not justified.
In another case, LSI was asserting an old
Bell Labs patent that had ignored some of the prior art belonging to
the company that had hired the attorneys I was working for.
most extensive case was my support of a combined patent, trade secret
and breach of contract case between two foundries. My involvement
lasted almost 6 years, and over that time cases were brought before the
Federal Trade Commission, California Superior Court and the federal
courts. After an agreement was breached, the case returned to the
California courts, where there was one hearing for a Preliminary
Injunction (denied) and a subsequently jury trial on the main
breach-of-contract case, where my client prevailed, big time.
Over the years, I taught semiconductor processing fundamentals to
one or two dozen attorneys, trained another consultant, supported
attorneys in depositions, helped isolate and validate trade secret
materials, and generally provided technical input for attorneys in
three different law firms.