The year 2016 was momentous in politics and celebrity deaths, but also in the field of technology law. Here’s our wrap-up of the five most significant tech cases that hit the judiciary in the past year.
The collective assembly of a patent war chest by the oddly named Rockstar Consortium -— all of the otherwise competing rivals of Google in the wireless OS space — smacks of a horizontal conspiracy to raise rivals’ costs.
With reality television all the rage, viewers may wonder why there’s been no reality series about the inbred high-tech ecosystem of Silicon Valley. There should be, because the reality of how our technology bastion really competes today — namely by patent litigation and acquisitions — is astonishing.
The battle to beat Google’s Android mobile phone OS is quickly turning into a legal bonanza. But why are three horizontal competitors being allowed to collaborate and cooperate and join hands together, rather than competing against each other?
It was bad enough with Amazon’s “one-click” patent, but now we’ve got insurance patents, order-processing patents and other patents for what are not inventions, but just ideas. Of course ideas are creative and deserve protection, but they should not be patentable.