|14 March 2011|
|Smartphones are now a way of life for many, be it the trendsetting iPhone, business-tool BlackBerry, or competing phones from the likes of Samsung, HTC and Nokia. Smartphones integrate advanced technologies, and companies leading the smartphone revolution are filing thousands of patent applications to protect their innovations. Some of these patents are now being litigated, with the likes of Apple, Motorola and Nokia all asserting their patents to support their commercial strategies.|
The intense litigation in the smartphone world compelled Griffith Hack and Ambercite to put their partnership in practice by testing the latest developments in their globally leading Network Patent Analysis (NPA) process. Griffith Hack and Ambercite have applied NPA over the last 18 months to a number of customer projects, with the smartphone patents analysis providing an opportunity to showcase NPA’s emergent potential.
|The report shows that Apple, perhaps not surprisingly to its many fans, has the leading patent portfolio in the smartphone patent dataset, owning 16 out of the top 20 patents, slightly ahead of Microsoft and IBM. NPA groups the majority of litigated smartphone patents into 16 distinctive clusters of related inventions – the largest is mobile data access, followed by touch screens and mobile data transmission. The study also investigates a current patent litigation case between Motorola and Apple. Motorola is asserting one of its touch screen technology patents against Apple, revealing while Motorola may well have commercial reasons to litigate, the differences between the leading Apple touch screen patents and the asserted Motorola patent are significant.|
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