Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 4/11/2006 05:43:00 PM

More on Silicon Labs Trade Secrets Verdict

From the Associated Press, a correction -- really a clarification -- of the story concerning the Silicon Labs trade secrets verdict.

The AP says its original story "should have pointed out that of 15 trade secrets Axiom Microdevices was accused of stealing, the jury found that only one was misappropriated."

To some degree, the issue raised here is endemic in the reporting of jury verdicts where the result is mixed. Who wins when plaintiff prevails on one claim and defendant prevails on the other? (Or, as in this case, when plaintiff prevails on one claim and defendant prevails on 15?) The answer is "it depends."

It's a reporting conundrum and papers and wire services can find themselves being spun when all they report is one party's press release. For our part, we'll try to find the nuances (when we can) and give you our best assessment of the implications of a given result. That's pretty much all you can ask from a lawyer.

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