Mike Dillon joins Adobe as new general counsel
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In a National Law Journal Op-Ed article, Mike Dillon, Adobe's General Counsel, recounts his initial experiences with patent trolls and underscores the need for patent reform today.
Read the profile on Mike Dillon addressing how he manages the Adobe legal team and outside counsel, his daily duties, career path, and personal interests.
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Mike Dillon, Adobe's General Counsel, addresses that when it comes to claims by patent trolls, the short answer as to why more companies don’t fight back is – cost. A company can expect to incur several million dollars for outside counsel, expert witness, and jury consultant fees to defend a case involving a single patent.
What’s notable about the patent troll problem is that these entities seldom win their lawsuits. But their business model isn’t predicated on going to trial; instead it is dependent on casting as wide a net as possible knowing that some percentage of companies will pay a license fee rather than incurring the cost of litigation.
Early in my career, when I was a law firm associate, one of my clients, a small networking company received a curious letter. It was from an unknown company accusing my client of patent infringement and “inviting” them to pay a very large license fee.
For more than 200 years, America’s patent system has safeguarded the rights of inventors and innovators – the individuals and businesses that push the technological envelope and provide the foundation of the amazing products that have changed our world. Originally posted on The Hill. bit.ly/1hBpKMf
Innovation is a powerful economic and job-creation engine for the Digital Age. Unfortunately, there are a group of individuals and entities that are constantly siphoning fuel from this engine.
I’m fourteen days into my new role at Adobe. Fourteen days and 84 meetings (I counted). I figure that at this rate I will have met all of Adobe’s more than 10,000 employees sometime in 2014.