[cryptography] NSA's position in the dominance stakes

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sat Nov 20 00:21:08 EST 2010


>In order to understand the plaintiff's patent or the defendant's
>code, you have to know programming, and a bit of public key
>cryptography.  Few judges know programming, none know cryptography,
>and any juror who knew programming would be thrown off the jury for
>being dangerously smart.

I am increasingly getting the impression that you've never been
involved in actual patent litigation.  The process is messy, but the
assumption that judges, particularly Federal judges, are stupid and
are unable to understand and interpret expert testimony is, shall we
say, counterfactual.

Perhaps this would be a good time to declare this particular horse
beating party to be concluded.

R's,
John





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