Patents are extremely costly and time consuming to defend in court, and the mobile computing market is no exception. A number of major suits are currently being processed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that involve major corporations like Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Nokia. Some of these cases have been in the courts for over two years. This article takes a look at a sample of ongoing smartphone patent litigation and analyzes how effective these court cases have been.
One major finding from the article:
“Based on where things stand now, more than 90% of 222 smartphone patent infringement assertions by major players against other large organizations have gone nowhere, with 109 assertions (49%) having failed (so far) and 93 assertions (42%) having been dropped outside the context of a comprehensive settlement or having suffered a comparably negative fate:”