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Understanding and Thriving in the Smartphone Patent Wars

  • 01.17.11
  • Michael D. Specht & Glenn J. Perry
  • Thomson Reuters/Aspatore

The patent wars for control of the mobile consumer have begun.  In light of the tremendous growth in mobile communications and specifically the emergence of the smartphone as a must-have device, the explosion of mobile communications patent lawsuits, and in particular smartphone-related patent lawsuits, should not come as a surprise.  As with the emergence of the telephone as the gateway to wireline communications, the emergence of the smartphone as the gateway to wireless communications and services has led to major patent licensing deals and lawsuits.

Companies innovating in the smartphone industry can increase the likelihood of thriving by following the proactive steps identified in this article.

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