FE Editorial : Patently problematic
But only the naïve would believe companies won’t fight bruising patent battles when they’ve invested billions in acquiring the patents, nor is it clear just who is copying whom. While one estimate, in the Wall Street Journal’s law blog, is that the current trial cost upwards of $500 million including $4 million apiece for expert witnesses, this is tiny compared to what the patents cost. Google, for instance, paid $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility’s patents and a group of tech firms including Microsoft, Apple and RIM paid $4.5 billion for Nortel’s patents—Google had bid $900 million for this earlier. Google, for the record, filed a lawsuit against Apple last week on the basis of the patents it bought from Motorola arguing that a
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