Are patent pools the solution to smartphone lawsuits?

Posted by BernardSwiss on Oct 3, 2012 11:53 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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Executing [a patent pool] in the real world, however, is likely to be a different story. The modern mobile space is turning out to be uniquely litigious. Even if the Via patent pool is successful in getting many licensees, companies that have paid up will still be susceptible to lawsuits on "feature" patents, like the ones asserted by Apple against Samsung. Joining a patent pool made up of big operating companies also won't stop patent trolls from coming out and filing suit, although such suits are unlikely to get injunctions that knock a product off the market.

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