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The Smartphone Patent Wars 2011

The Smartphone Patent Wars 2011

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The SmartphonePatent Wars
This report casts an independent and unique perspective ona rapidly developing technology that we use every day.
By Mike Lloyd, Doris Spielthenner and George MokdsiMarch 2011
 
Smartphone Patent Wars
 
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03 Who can benet from this report04 The Network Patent Analysis method07 How to determine relevant smartphone patents09 Results of Network Patent Analysis10 How to read a NPA patent map11 Which smartphone technology areas attracted the most litigation?23 Visualisation of a smartphone patent dispute26 Technology ow in the Motorola vs. Apple dispute29 Conclusion30 References
Contents
Who has the leading patents withsmartphones?
In this report, Network Patent Analysis (NPA) is applied to the worldof smartphone patents to answer questions such as:Which technology areas are attracting the most litigation?Who has the best patents? Apple, Google, Nokia, or others?Who might be at risk of infringing whose patents?STOP PRESS:Nokia/Microsoft join forces to create a new‘ecosystem’ to take on Apple and Android.See page 29 to read the full story.
 
Smartphone Patent Wars
 
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1. Smartphone users
Who are the smartest developers o smartphones? Patents are used by companies to protect theirinnovations, and so this independent review o the leading patents in this report can help tell you whothe smartest companies are, and which parts o the smartphone they have helped to develop.
2. Technology enthusiasts
What exactly is a smartphone? What technologies needed to be developed to make a smartphonework? Important areas o technical development tend to attract a lot o attention rom companiesand even solo inventors, and they compete to fle the leading patents in these areas.Since smartphones are such an increasing valuable area o activity, this has to led to increasingpatent litigation, with patent owners litigating in order to claim or deend ownership o valuabletechnologies. This report casts an independent and unique perspective on a rapidly developingtechnology that we all use every day.
3. Patent specialists, managers, owners and litigators
How can a large and complex set o patents be efciently and objectively analysed? This reportapplies the wealth o inormation in patent citation data to gain new insights about a tightlycontested patent feld.The newly developed Network Patent Analysis (NPA) technique is used to show the leading areaso litigation in the smartphone area, along with the leading patent owners and patents in these areas,and present these complex results in an intuitive and easy to understand visualisation and report.Besides showing which companies have the leading smartphone patents, NPA is used to review acurrent patent dispute between Apple and Motorola, and to compare the relative positions o thesetwo companies in this dispute.Prior to NPA, this type o analysis was perormed subjectively, using costly manual processes toreview thousands o patent documents, or using analytical techniques that cannot simultaneouslygroup and rank patents in an easy to understand manner.In an earlier study NPA successully predicted
litigation and its outcome in the hybrid car area.
4. IT specialists and engineers
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here are the R&D and patent litigation dollars being invested in the smartphone industry? Thisreport provides an overview o the key technologies being litigated in the smartphone area.IT specialists can identiy the smartphone technologies that have seen the most patent flingactivity. These areas are most likely to be the leading areas o innovation and to be high value areas.Companies wishing to innovate in these high value areas may beneft rom reviewing thepatents fled in these areas, and who is fling them, so as to help understand the current state odevelopment and technology ownership.IT specialists can also use these results to identiy the ‘white spaces’ between these areaso activity, as well as patents that may link these areas together and so provide a technologybrokering role.
Who can benetfrom this report?

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