008 Software Patents And Smartphone Litigation Copy
Software Patents andSmartphone Litigation
Android = Open Source = Free, right? Free, right?•Microsoft receives royalties for each Free, right? Android Device (70%)•HTC, Samsung, LG, Pantech e.g. $5+ per Device•Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are now engaged in over 100 patent lawsuits in at least 10 different countries
Technologies• Design Patents• Operating System Patents• User Interface Patents• Software Feature Patents• Hardware Patents• Data compression
Example of Types of Patents• Operating System• User Interface• Software • Design Around Issues• Hardware • Semiconductor/Supplier Issues• Wireless • Large Scale Litigation
Wireless Patent Wars• Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are now engaged in over 100 patent lawsuits in at least 10 different countries• Apple • Design Patents • Hardware/Software but not wireless (e.g. LTE) • Royalty Payments (entered market in 2007)• Microsoft • receives royalties for each Android Device (70%) • HTC, Samsung, LG, Pantech e.g. $5+ per Device • May lead some manufacturers to an alternate platform (e.g. Windows 7)• HTC • Relatively new with few patents however still has 8% Market share increase• Qualcomm/Nokia/LG/Ericsson • Standardization patent issues
Other Considerations• Patent Cost to defray licensing cost to enter the market• Essential Role of Patents • Ericsson announced Chief Intellectual Property Officer will report directly to the CEO
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