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Maybe it’s not new, but it certianly is interesting…

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Today, I found this PC Mag story from April about Apple’s patent suit against HTC and Nokia, with Apple alleging the two companies infringed on Apple patents for use in their – specifically Android – smartphones.

Now, Apple’s patent suits are a topic for another post on another day, but the penultimate graf in the story is what interests me today (yes, I understand, a solid five months after its posting).

From the story:

According to Mobiledia, mobile manufacturers often pay royalties on up to 300 patents for a single smartphone, adding 15 to 20 percent of the selling price.

Some argue patents hurt innovation and should be done away with. Others doubt whether patents should be issued for computer code, seeing as software is protected by copyright, not patent. But to me, this is blatantly telling, especially in the context of a flurry of patent lawsuits between smartphone companies. First, because if technology patents are that easy to infringe upon, maybe the patent office should be taking a better look. Second, patents and patent licensing agreements are making smartphones more expensive. Certainly, smartphones for all isn’t solid public policy, but it is interesting to see how much extra the patent system is adding to our consumer electronics.


Written by Matt

July 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Posted in Patent

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