April 6, 2004

'Nerd' enters the British Judicial dictionary

Geeklawyer writes "In an otherwise unexceptional patent case concerning deep water cable laying, the occasionally controversial Lord Justice Jacob broke new ground by referring the notional 'skilled man' (a hypothetical person used for determining a patents obviousness) as a nerd;
"It is settled that this man, if real, would be very boring a nerd."

para. 7: http://www.courtservice.gov.uk/judgmentsfiles/j243 5/rockwater-v-technip.htm.

Lord Justice Jacobs may be hip but could he distinguish between a nerd and a geek?"

Link: courtservice.gov.uk


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