Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 15

Nash bargaining solution in patent damages is not always a 50%/50% split

The Federal Circuit ruled in Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. that the widely used (but fatally flawed) 25 percent rule can no longer be part of reasonable royalty damages calculations. This article provides the details of this reasonable royalty damages decision. Since that time, plaintiffs have advanced the Nash Bargaining Solution, a theoretical mathematical …

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Nov 14

Google Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Google Books

After an eight year class action copyright infringement battle in and out of court, Google won the right to continue its Google Books project to digitize books. According to Judge Denny Chin’s November 14, 2013 Ruling, to date, Google digitized, indexed, and made available for search more than 20 million books. Even though many of …

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Nov 13

India Blasts Off to Mars for Only $73 Million

Last week on Tuesday, India launched its first Mars mission for the relatively-low cost of $73 million. The budget for the Mangalyaan (Hindi for “Mars craft”) is being hailed as a potential “game changer” of space exploration economics. S. Arunan, Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Mission Project Director as reportedly said, “this is less than …

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Nov 12

Statistical Sophistication Would Have Provided a Different Liability Answer

Economists and other financial experts are often hired to assess damages, assuming liability.  However liability can sometimes be established or disproven based on statistics. For example, in a recently affirmed case involving employment discrimination, the application of a simple method failed to provide the Court with information that would likely have changed their decision.  The …

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Nov 05

1 inch is NOT worth $773 million in revenue

Earlier this year, an MSN Money article about Southwest suggested that by reducing legroom one inch at every seat on every aircraft Southwest flies, the airline will generate approximately $773 million more in top-line revenue. Apparently, reducing each aircraft’s seat pitch, otherwise called legroom, by one inch allows Southwest to install an additional aisle of seats, …

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Nov 04

IRS Announces 2014 Inflation Adjustments

On October 31, 2013, the IRS released their 2014 inflation adjusted numbers.  The following table summarizes some of the more common numbers that relate to most of us:   Description 2013 2014 Difference Personal Exemption $3,900 $3,950 $50 Standard Deduction – Single $6,100 $6,200 $100 Standard Deduction – Married Filing Jointly $12,200 $12,400 $200 Annual …

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Nov 02

All private health insurance premiums will face new taxes in 2014

Some of the private health insurance cost increases that we will be experiencing are caused by ObamaCare tax increases on private health insurance premiums. There are four such new taxes, the total of which in 2014 equals 4% of premiums. These taxes will continue to be phased in at higher rates through 2018. Did you …

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Nov 01

Press missing the real story on Obama Care required insurance changes

President Obama unequivocally promised that if one wanted to keep your insurance, you could. Currently, the press is widely reporting the cancellation of individual insurance policies because of Obama Care. In response, the administration claims that the cancelled policies are those that do not meet Obama Care’s minimum requirements, so those being forced to change …

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