Apple, Samsung, and the Red Queen's Gambit

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 27, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Lately, we've all gotten used to analogizing patents to nuclear weapons, and equating patent strategies to those that would have led to mutually assured destruction. But in the case of the current patent wars focusing on mobile devices, trench war may provide a more apt metaphor.

Why?  Because most legal processes move so slowly, and at such great expense.  It seems as if there's always another motion and another appeal, with neither side often holding any ground gained for very long.  By the time all remedies have been exhausted, the technology in question may have been leapfrogged by new innovations - and perhaps new legal actions as well. In the meantime, wave after wave of lawyers and stockholder equity are thrown into the breach, while each company otherwise goes on with business, and sales, as usual.

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