A Roadmap to the Smartphone Patent Wars and FRAND Licensing
CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Vol. 2, April 2012
7 Pages Posted: 4 May 2012
Date Written: May 3, 2012
The smartphone industry today is characterized by a thicket of patents and wars based on those patents. Every day brings a new lawsuit or development between Apple, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung. The lawsuits span numerous courts and several continents.
This 5-page article attempts to make sense of the chaos, with a particular emphasis on standards and reasonable licensing ("FRAND") terms. It summarizes court rulings on whether injunctions should be granted on "standard essential patents" and "non-standard essential patents." And it discusses the European Commission investigations of Motorola and Samsung, and the Department of Justice’s approval of the patent portfolio acquisitions of Novell, Nortel, and Motorola.
Keywords: Smartphones, patents, patent wars, standards, RAND, FRAND, antitrust
JEL Classification: K21, L40, L41, L63, O34
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