Patent Troll's cause more damage than terrorists

Here is a popular TED talk that many of you will like.

Drew Curtis, the founder of, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Lawyer's view of Data Center Incentives, Taxes, and Sustainability 7x24 presentation

The Data Center ecosystem is filled predominantly with engineering, real estate, operations, and IT staff.  Rarely will you find a lawyer in the room.  On the other hand, the local, state, and federal ecosystem has an abundance of legal expertise.

I found this Dilbert comic with a lawyer and a technical guy talking to the CEO, and it is funny and gets across the point that companies go to the technical guy first.


One of my data center friends is a lawyer, Jim Grice, and he is presenting at 7x24 exchange on Monday, Nov 14 at 3p.

Breakout B: Site Selection, Incentives, and Sustainability: Legal Issues and Beyond

James W. Grice
Partner & Leader, Project Solutions Group
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP

Nancy Heimann

Jim has been making great progress being one of the few attorneys who can help the client's legal strategy in data center development.  I know there will be a bunch of us in the room ready to throw out more lawyer jokes.  :-)

How many attorneys does it take to develop a data center?