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Utility Litigation Monthly Watchdog Report

Stay Informed and Alert!

eComp Consultants initiates the distribution of a monthly litigation alert bulletin to utility company executives and legal counsel within the energy sector of the utility industry. The bulletin, entitled Utility Litigation Alert, provides timely information on litigation activity occurring throughout the industry involving intellectual property associated with technology relating to smart grid initiatives and web-based customer interactions. It also serves as early warning as to potential risks of such litigation causing negative impacts to project initiatives.

See our Consulting Service page to learn about eComp’s Risk Assessment service which describes proactive ways to make sure your company is not infringing others’ IP rights, and to potentially avoid a lawsuit.


upcoming events

eComp Consultants providing  infringement expert testimony in 3M Future Africa v. Standard Bank and MTN Mobile

Ivan Zatkovich has been retained by Stemela & Lubbe, Inc. to provide expert testimony on the case in which 3MFuture Africa alleges that the defendants have infringed on a patent it holds for a transaction authorization system named PSOCA.  The defendants are alleged to have infringed the patent rights to 3MFuture Africa’s technology invention which allows secure and fraud-proof credit card payments to remote merchants via the internet or telephone. The technology allows consumers to switch on the card before paying and the card is automatically switched off after the transaction.  Read what Mr. Zatkovich told the court concerning this case.


Ivan Zatkovich presenting at World Research Group’s 4th Annual Corporate IP Counsel Forum

May 16 – 17, 2012 | New York, NY

Ivan Zatkovich will be one of the experts on a panel discussion titled:  Patent Valuation: Successful Strategies for Identifying Your Most Valuable Patents.  Presenters include Jennifer Trillsch of Stack Legal, Ivan Zatkovich, Principal Consultant at eComp Consultant, and Michael Bishop, General Counsel at AT&T.  The presentation will provide information on how to evaluate your patent portfolio.  For more information on the conference:  Corporate IP Counsel Forum.  Early registration discount ends March 31st.  Register now to save.  Use our Promo Code NFZ485 to receive an additional $100 discount.

Session Description:

Regardless of how selective your patent portfolio may be, only a percentage is worth keeping and maintaining.  Read the rest of this entry »


Unbiased Forensic Examination of the Electronic Birth Certificate of President Obama

WorldNetDaily and Aaron Klein host to WABC Radio, retained eComp Consultants to perform an unbiased forensic examination on the electronic birth certificate of President Obama as published on on the White House’s web site.

Mr. Ivan Zatkovich, Principal Consultant, produced an expert forensics report following Federal guidelines. It was determined that modifications were made to the PDF and that the PDF contains, at minimum, slight alterations to the original scanned document. For the entire report, click here.

Contact Ivan Zatkovich for additional information.


eComp Consultants Sponsors Smart Solutions Seminar

eCompConsultants along with The United Illuminating Company, National Grid and the Energy Council of Northeast (ECNE) co-sponsored a seminar on “Smart Solutions – The Journey to Customer Satisfaction.” The half day seminar on October 6, 2010 included informative and interesting presentations on the successful deployment of integrated network solutions, combining a smart technology approach with risk management techniques for operational and customer service excellence. The seminar was held in conjunction with the ECNE Fall Engineering & Operations seminar.


eComp Consultants provided strategic piece in Datamaxx Applied Technologies v Computer Projects of Illinois, Inc Software Copyright Infringement litigation

Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar retained expert witness consultants Jan Kostyun and Heather Diaz as consulting and testifying experts in connection with the determination of software copyright infringement on behalf of Datamaxx Applied Technologies, a leading provider of software used by federal, state and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. The technology in this case related to Internet based Law Enforcement Products with robust user interfaces and diverse data exchanges and interfaces. Read the rest of this entry »


eComp Consultants instrumental in Nuance v. Tellme (a Microsoft subsidiary) patent litigation.

Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler retained consultants Ivan Zatkovich and Virginia Lee as consulting and testifying experts in connection with the defense of a significant patent litigation on behalf of Tellme Networks, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. The technology in this case related to speech recognition and call center automation. Read the rest of this entry »


eComp Consultants influential in settlement of Ameranth v. Six Continents Hotels web advertising misuse and trade secret litigation

eComp consultants Virginia Lee, Jan Kostyun, and Ivan Zatkovich were retained by Alston & Bird as consulting and testifying experts on behalf of Six Continents Hotels. Ameranth, a software development firm, claimed Six Continents Hotels misused their trade secrets and limited web-based advertising opportunities. Ameranth was expecting huge revenues based on advertising they felt the Six Continents brand could garnish and therefore were seeking large damage dollars. Read the rest of this entry »


eCompConsultants Sponsored the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Conference

eCompConsultants was proud to be the gold sponsor at the 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference which was held in Arlington, Virginia from April 6 – 10, 2010. eComp also sponsored the Welcome Reception, presented by the ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Committee, which featured a trivia challenge contest among seven teams of “technotorneys”. The winning team then competed in a bonus round of questions provided by eComp which tested their knowledge of inventions. It took a tie-breaker question to produce a winner, who walked away with a newly released Apple iPad. A great time was had by all. The IP conference was attended by more than 500 members.


eComp Consultants provided eCommerce expertise to drive favorable judgment in Duick v Toyota Motor Sales and Saatchi & Saatchi web contract dispute litigation.

eComp Consultants Virginia Lee was retained by Toyota Motor Sales in conjunction with Saatchi & Saatchi facing $10M damages from a dispute with web-based Toyota Matrix advertising campaign. Virginia Lee of eComp Consultants testified on behalf of Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi regarding the usability of the interactive website used as a promotional entertainment tool. Virginia’s compelling testimony led to a favorable decision for Toyota/Saatchi & Saatchi enabling them to pursue further the case levied against them. Read the rest of this entry »


World Intellectual Property Review, March/April 2010

Particularly in the US, experienced experts are common. Ivan Zatkovich is a computer science specialist who has served as an expert witness in 18 patent cases and well as in a similar number of other, non-IP matters. “A lot of times attorneys will say they want someone who is fresh in the field, understands the background and is not necessarily an expert witness,” he says. “But in reality, they often choose seasoned experts. You would want someone with some background who has done testimony before. Someone who can get an idea of what the patent was at the time. It’s important that someone was an expert when the patent was filed. Then they can give the background on the invention and didn’t pop out of nowhere.” Read the rest of this entry »