Complex Smartphones Are the Latest Patent Battleground

Thursday May 13th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Nokia, Apple, HTC, and Microsoft are all battling over patent rights on smartphones.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: As the battle for supremacy in the smartphone market heats up, many of the most highly contested fights are taking place in the courtroom. Apple, HTC, and Nokia have all filed numerous patent infringement lawsuits against one another, and Microsoft is also seeking to enforce some smartphone patents."This landscape looks like France in 1914," says Eben Moglen, a professor at Columbia Law School. "This is the onset of a period of instability."

This article chronicles the history of the current patent debates and looks at what's at stake for the winners and losers of the smartphone patent war.

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