Right now, the smartphone patent wars are raging across the globe.
For example, Apple recently prevailed in a skirmish before the International Trade Commission that could theoretically stop the importation into the United States of all smartphones based on Google’s Android mobile operating system. In Germany, Motorola Mobility, which Google is in the process of acquiring, won a victory against Apple for patent infringement that could lead to the iPhone and iPad being pulled from store shelves in that country.
Could patent pools, a 100-year-old legal device, provide a possible solution? Constantine Cannon recently published an article about the smartphone patent pools in Law360 and whether they would be a good way to foster innovation and protect intellectual property. Click here to read the article.