Smartphone Patent Wars, a Poem

‘Twas the week before Christmas,
And all through the news,
The smartphone patent wars
Were giving us the blues.

Just when we thought
Apple-Samsung was done,
Nokia decided
To rejoin the fun.

Nokia sued Apple,
For their deal had expired,
New patents, new charges,
New lawyers were hired.

Apple, in turn,
Would now claim antitrust
Violations. It seems that
The peace was a bust.

Nokia, said Apple,
Was hiring trolls.
To exploit their patents,
They’d licensed their souls.

In Marshall of Texas,
Nokia filed a new case,
Ironically claiming,
“We’re not trolls. You’re off base.”

“You used our inventions,
You must pay us for that.”
But Santa was listening,
And he took off his hat.

He wiped his broad brow,
As his eyes formed a tear,
“It’s Christmas,” he said.
“Can’t they wait ‘til next year?”

“This month is reserved
For good will towards men.
Besides, we’re exhausted.
I mean, smartphones again?”

Yup, that’s right. The smartphone patent wars have reignited. Happy Holidays!

 

Matt Levy

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Matt Levy is Patent Counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, where he handles legal, policy advocacy, and regulatory matters related to patents and is lead blogger for CCIA’s Patent Progress. He is recognized as an expert on patent litigation reform and is cited and quoted widely on the issue.

Matt joined the CCIA in 2013 from private practice, where he got first-hand experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation, including defending clients against patent assertion entities.