Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG, Motorola and more are all in some kind of patent lawsuit with one another centering around smartphone and tablet patents. As mobileburn reports, Verizon says that if Obama doesn’t step in the current patent litigation crisis could paralyze innovation and growth in smartphones.
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Currently most of the power sides with the International Trade Commission. Companies can ask the ITC to step in with an injunction to bar sales of products under patent scrutiny while cases are worked out in courts. As we know from the current cycle in smartphone technology, even a delay of a few months could cause a device it’s entire life.
Samsung was the recipient of an injunction by a German court earlier this month that barred the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s by several countries in the European union. While that injunction has been temporarily suspended, another one was granted yesterday against the import of several of Samsung’s Galaxy branded smartphones. That injunction will begin in October if it’s not suspended as well.
The ITC is currently reviewing several injunctions including banning products by Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola and Microsoft while everyone works out their patent suits. Verizon thinks that the president should intervene, and essentially strip the ITC of it’s injunction granting power. If that’s done than these companies can battle it out in patent court and one can be awarded a monetary award or have to pay licensing fees. At this point most of these patent suits and injunctions actually hurt the customer the most as they are being deprived of the latest in technology.