Today Michael Eisen was at our open source class talking about the Public Library of Science. It was started when bunch of scientists noticed that it is really stupid that journals get the rights to their works when they are published. Most of the work is done by scientists and funded by public. The journals are charging silly amounts of money from the same people who produce and funds their content. Still it hard to convince scientists who want to publish in the most famous journals. The academic reviews that have limited time to review candidates favor papers that are published in known journals. The way to change that would be to create the same snobby on-line journals that signal quality.
Last Thursday at law schools IP strategy class we had two lawyers who have litigated for Qualcomm. Qualcomm is notorious of being a patent troll. They don't produce their own products and their main income comes from patent licensing. This is controversial in many sectors like in mobile phones where players usually have cross licensing contracts that reduce the need to pay huge royalties. Because Qualcomm doesn't play with the same rules it tend to get challenged in courts for its patents.
No wonder the patent litigation costs. These guys were artists. They knew a lot about psychology and how to deal with difficult technical subjects and how to explain them to judges. The beauty was that they shared most of their tricks. Keep it simple, use a lot of pictures, take care of court intelligence use technology for your advantage be a alpha lawyer in the room and don't lie!