Smartphone Patent Wars
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 deend 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 efciently and objectively analysed? This reportapplies the wealth o inormation 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 perormed 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 successully predicted
litigation and its outcome in the hybrid car area.
4. IT specialists and engineers
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 identiy 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 odevelopment and technology ownership.IT specialists can also use these results to identiy 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 benetfrom this report?