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November 1, 2010

Go Ahead, Make My Day

Patent Hawk's bread-and-butter business is invalidating patents. The smart-phone patent slugfest among Microsoft, Motorola, Apple, Nokia, Google, HTC, Kodak, RIM and others puts the party hat on Patent Hawk. It also puts the dunce cap on the short-sighted heads of those companies who think that patent wars are good for business. Somebody is bound to get hurt. While patent litigators win fat fees, companies have risked much more than market share - the prospect of billion dollar payouts, and patent war without end, especially for the desperate, is quite real. The airplane patent wars at the beginning of the 20th century, with the Wright brothers in the thick of it, were grounded only by the first world war.

Posted by Patent Hawk at November 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Patents In Business

Comments

If you're interested in the subject,you might also check out Professor Adam Mossoff's discussion of the 19th Century sewing machine patent wars.

http://volokh.com/posts/chain_1240849478.shtml

Posted by: Patrick at November 2, 2010 3:38 PM

Mossoff has several excellent (but radical by academia standard) papers out there.

Posted by: Pedantic Pete at November 2, 2010 6:23 PM