Welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott GrahamEvery so often I write about a big tech company that rolls the dice on a trial in the Eastern District of Texas and wins a defense verdict. It’s patent law’s man-bites-dog story. Today, I’ve got the reverse: a non-practicing entity that went to trial in the patent-unfriendly Northern District of California—and came away with millions. I’ve also got a quick peek at a couple of Google v. Oracle amicus briefs and some commentary on the Chamber of Commerce patent rankings from PTO Director Andrei Iancu. As always you can email me your thoughts and follow me on Twitter.

Notoriously patent-friendly judges Edward Chen and William Orrick III.

No Expert? No Problem for NPE in ND-Cal

Suppose I told you about small inventor who sued an established Silicon Valley semiconductor company in the Eastern District of Texas. Suppose the company got the case transferred to its home turf, and got the inventor’s damages expert thrown off the case.

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