Saturday, 21 October 2017

Friday Review: IP therefore I am

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 08 April 11

Telecoms vendors do battle over intellectual property, and Google looks to arm itself with Nortel's potentially valuable patent portfolio.

One thing was patently obvious in the telecoms industry this week: companies are increasingly leveraging their intellectual property assets as weapons in their competitive arsenal. A number of high-profile telecoms vendors are engaging in open warfare. Nokia and Apple are locked in an ongoing battle over the technology used in mobile devices, and the industry is waiting to see what Chinese vendor ZTE's next move will be after Ericsson filed patent infringement lawsuits against it in the U.K., Germany and Italy. And Google's $900 million stalking horse bid for Nortel's patents portfolio shows that intellectual property can provide a valuable defence against litigation as well as against competition. "A large patent portfolio can be seen as a defensive measure, giving Google weapons that it might be able to use against a company that tried to sue it," Nick Wallin, partner and patent attorney at law firm Withers &amp…

One thing was patently obvious in the telecoms industry this week: companies are increasingly leveraging their intellectual property assets as weapons in their competitive arsenal. A number of high-profile telecoms vendors are engaging in open warfare. Nokia and Apple are locked in an ongoing battle over the technology used in mobile devices, and the industry is waiting to see what Chinese vendor ZTE's next move will be after Ericsson filed patent infringement lawsuits against it in the U.K., Germany and Italy. And Google's $900 million stalking horse bid for Nortel's patents portfolio shows that intellectual property can provide a valuable defence against litigation as well as against competition. "A large patent portfolio can be seen as a defensive measure, giving Google weapons that it might be able to use against a company that tried to sue it," Nick Wallin, partner and patent attorney at law firm Withers &amp…

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