23 August 2011

The Smartphone War as a Stress Test for the Current Patent System

In a new article titled "Software Patent Litigation: Stress Testing the Patent System" on the ksnh::law blog, my colleague Axel Horns contemplates on the ongoing so called "smartphone war" and its possible impact on the patent system as a whole, exemplary considering the Apple vs. Samsung battle, the Lodsys cases and various other developments and expert opinions.

As a bottom line, possible non-availability of smartphone hardware or apps due to patent right enforcement could produce considerable consumer frustration and mainstream media coverage to evolve into sort of a litmus test for the social and political acceptance of the current system of intellectual property protection in general and patent law in particular.