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BanxCorp v. Costco et al. — Can you copyright the result of a calculation?

February 24, 2014 0 Comments
BanxCorp v. Costco et al. — Can you copyright the result of a calculation?

From 2011 to 2013, I served as an expert witness in BanxCorp d/b/a BanxQuote v. Costco Wholesale Corporation et al., a copyright infringement case in the US District Court, Southern District of New York. To quote from the summary judgment opinion issued in this case by Judge Kenneth M. Karas (note — I have omitted […]

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Another ‘flash rise’ due to algorithmic trading

October 4, 2013 0 Comments
Another ‘flash rise’ due to algorithmic trading

Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge has posted an absolutely fascinating video showing the interacting trading algorithms that analyzed a newsfeed regarding Radio Shack financing plans and reacted accordingly: News yesterday that Radioshack was planning to seek new debt financing in order to give suppliers more confidence – which in itself is kind of ironic […]

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The rise of the machines: annals in high-speed trading

September 20, 2013 0 Comments
The rise of the machines: annals in high-speed trading

Several years ago, I served as an expert witness in a trade secrets lawsuit involving algorithmic high-speed trading and learned some fascinating things in the process (most of which I can’t talk about). So it was with some interest that I read this article about the market’s near-instantaneous reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision not […]

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So long, Steve, and Godspeed.

October 5, 2011 0 Comments
So long, Steve, and Godspeed.

The second personal computer I ever owned[1] was an Apple II, with no floppy drive. I bought it, along with a small color TV, from my close friend Robert Trammel while we were both living in Houston sometime around 1980.We had already spent hours together programming on it, then carefully (though not always successfully) saving […]

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In re Bilski appealed to the Supreme Court

January 29, 2009 0 Comments
<i>In re Bilski</i> appealed to the Supreme Court

The US Federal Court of Appeals ruling upholding the lower court decision for In re Bilski has now been appealed to the US Supreme Court: Not since 1981 has the Supreme Court undertaken to spell out the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent rights — the exclusive rights to produce or use an invented […]

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