Smartphone Wars: A Phantom Menace

By Richard Vary – 

The Smartphone Wars resulted from new adopters of wireless technologies displacing the traditional mobile phone companies, and courts ill-equipped to address portfolio disputes. With IoT and 5G, some fear that the latest influx of new adopters of wireless technologies will result in a further increase in patent litigation: Smartphone Wars II. Regulators see a need to intervene. However, the conditions that created the last increase in litigation don’t exist today. The courts are better equipped to resolve the underlying commercial dispute. There is less need for regulatory intervention.