Whitfield Diffie took the stand in Texas on Friday in the courtroom face-off between Newegg and “patent-licensing giant” (i.e. patent troll) TQP Development, who has sued hundreds of companies saying it has patented the common Web encryption scheme of combining SSL with RC4.
Enjoy this exchange:
Lawyer: “We’ve heard a good bit in this courtroom about public-key encryption, are you familiar with that?”
Diffie: “Yes, I am.”
Lawyer: “And how is it that you’re familiar with public-key encryption?”
Diffie: “I invented it.”
See the full Ars Technica article.
UPDATE: Newegg lost!
Nice to see this happen, but worrying that it didn’t happen earlier.
Quite. While it has been widely reported, it felt at first reading like one of those apocryphal stupid lawyer questions.