FOES - Openings are expected today in the mega IP and antitrust trial, Apple v. Qualcomm. A “monstrosity” is how Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the San Diego federal judge presiding over the jury trial, has described the case. While Apple alleges that chip-supplier Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent licensing practices regarding smartphone WiFi connection technology, Qualcomm argues that Apple and its contract manufacturer breached their contracts and owe billions in unpaid royalties. Apple says that at its core, ahem, the case is about fair competition in the licensing arena. Qualcomm argues that Apple has tried to destroy its business.

LEADER - Baker McKenzie lawyers and staff are remembering Paul Rawlinson, the law firm’s global chairman who died unexpectedly on April 12. Rawlinson, an IP lawyer, achieved a number of career triumphs. But, as Dan Packel reports, a key part of his legacy was his public decision to step down from his leadership role in October, citing medical issues caused by exhaustion. He and his firm’s relative openness about the reasons for taking leave helped stimulate a wider discussion about the mental and physical stresses of the profession.

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