Motorola: Enemy or Friend of Google?

Posted by patrokov on Aug 16, 2011 9:31 AM EDT
Mises Institute; By Stephan Kinsella
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So try to follow the bouncing ball of this gargantuan patent-caused waste of energy and resources. First, Google’s Android smartphone platform is under attack from a number of competitors, all using patents against Android–including competitors Apple (iPhone), Microsoft (Windows phone), RIM (Blackberry), and Motorola, as well as Samsung. Now the Samsung part is a mess: apparently Apple sued Samsung for patent infringement, as part of its attack on the Android platform. Apparently the competition is too much for Apple. And then Samsung strikes back against Apple with its own patent infringement claims. And at the same time, another division of Samsung is one of Apple’s key suppliers of SSD drives, memory chips, and displays. Got it? Apple sues its key supplier, to stop Android competition; its key supplier sues it back; and yet the arrangement between Apple and the Samsung division supplying it with these components continues on. Wow.

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