Patents and 'Patent Wars' in Wireless Communications: An Economic Assessment

COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES, no. 95, 3rd quarter 2014, p. 85

14 Pages Posted: 8 May 2015

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David Teece

Institute for Business Innovation

Edward Sherry

Independent

Peter Grindley

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

We examine various conceptual issues raised by the “patent wars” that have occurred in recent years in telecommunications. We conclude that “patent wars” are the natural consequence of the multi-invention nature and massive growth of the industry and the probabilistic and non-self-enforcing nature of patents with the resulting uncertainty about patent validity and infringement, and that concerns about patents have not precluded the successful development and deployment of telecommunications standards or the massive commercial success of new telecommunications technology.

Keywords: patents, patent wars, litigation, telecommunications, standards, patent licensing

JEL Classification: L1, L86

Suggested Citation

Teece, David J. and Sherry, Edward and Grindley, Peter, Patents and 'Patent Wars' in Wireless Communications: An Economic Assessment (September 1, 2014). COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES, no. 95, 3rd quarter 2014, p. 85. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2603751

David J. Teece (Contact Author)

Institute for Business Innovation ( email )

F402 Haas School of Business, #1930
Berkeley, CA 94720-1930
United States
(510) 642-4041 (Phone)

Edward Sherry

Independent ( email )

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Peter Grindley

Berkeley Research Group, LLC ( email )

Boston, MA
United States

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