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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…

Samsung v. Apple: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Court

(Cross-posted at Huffington Post) A funny thing happened on the way to the Supreme Court in yesterday’s Samsung v. Apple design patent dispute. The high court was expected to review the lower court’s award of the entire profits made for 11 different smartphone models — just under $400 million. Coming into the argument, it looked…

The Supreme Court Agrees to Review Design Patent Damages Rule

Today, the Court granted certiorari in the Apple v. Samsung case on the question of design patent damages. We filed an amicus brief in support of Samsung’s petition. The Federal Circuit interpreted design patent damages law in a disastrous way. Based on the shape of the outer case of Samsung’s phones, it said that Apple…

Apple and Samsung Begin to Wind Down the Smartphone Wars

As we’ve written a number of times (e.g., here, here, and here), nothing good has come out of the war between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have spent millions and neither has much to show for it. The big losers, of course, have been consumers, who could be enjoying better products: products that could have been built using…

A Bad Week For Patent Trolls

The courts have not been kind to patent trolls lately. There were recent big decisions affecting Intellectual Ventures, MPHJ, and Rockstar. IV’s Patents Not So Great, Says Judge As you may remember, Intellectual Ventures sued a bunch of banks for patent infringement because that’s where the money was. Well, the first case, against Capital One,…

Apple Wants to Compete on Patent Portfolio, Not Products

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Apple has been an odd player in the patent debate. On the one hand, it’s the company that gets sued by patent trolls more than any other. As a result, it supports most of the patent reform bill, and Apple uses the Covered Business Method (CBM) program far more than any other…

Another Potential Smartphone Patent War Headache for Customs

This is a quick follow up on Monday’s post about the Customs and Border Protection Service and its role in enforcing patent infringement decisions from the International Trade Commission. Depending on what the ITC does in an upcoming case, the CBP might find itself with yet another patent headache from the Smartphone Patent Wars. You…

Smartphone War: What Is It Good For?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has noticed something about the ongoing patent war in the smartphone industry: it’s not accomplishing much of anything. Philip Elmer-DeWitt took the WSJ to task for missing the important distinction between Standards Essential Patents (SEPs) and other patents. But I think there’s still another point that the WSJ and Mr.…