Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Green Goo", the movie?

Remember the 1998 movie "A Civil Action" starring John Travolta as lawyer Jan Schlichtmann and Robert Duvall as the pragmatic attorney Facher?

Note the news report on Rebecca Morlock who noticed what she calls "a green goo" seeping out of the ground below a former zinc-smelting plant in the town of Spelter.

An inspection team had missed it: "How this missed us is, to this point, a mystery," says Ron Potesta, president of Potesta & Associates.

Reminds one of missing relevant prior art in patent litigations. But keep in mind, in the world of patent law, one goes down for enhanced damages only if one knew about the prior art.


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