I want to pause here for a moment to make an apology to Federal Circuit Judge Reyna regarding what could easily be perceived as poor taste humor. I continue to have the highest respect for the Judge and hope that it was not taken in offense.
Last week when I wrote about the AATRIX Software case, I included an image of Mexican actor Alfonso Bedoya from the 1948 neo-western “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” along with a modification of the “stinkin’ badges” quote. The quote was used again in the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles.
At the time when I wrote about AATRIX, I had no conscious thought of Judge Reyna’s Latino cultural heritage. (Judge Reyna dissented-in-part in the AATRIX decision). A few hours later I deleted the image after considering that it did not reflect well on either myself, Patently-O, or the patent law community. However, even at that time I did not consciously recognize the potential link to Judge Reyna. It was only later that I recognized with some horror how it would be interpreted.
Perhaps no offense was taken. Either way though, I do apologize.
– Dennis Crouch