Prominent Judge Weighs in on Tech, Mobile Patents

In June, the patent-infringement jury trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility was tossed by the presiding judge just days before it was scheduled to begin. At the last minute, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner rejected the damage arguments made by both sides. “You have to prove injury,” Posner said. “I’m sorry that it …   Read More

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In June, the patent-infringement jury trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility was tossed by the presiding judge just days before it was scheduled to begin.

At the last minute, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner rejected the damage arguments made by both sides.

“You have to prove injury,” Posner said. “I’m sorry that it seems to be petering out like this.”

In a new interview with Reuters this week, Posner is once again turning heads, particularly in terms of his provocative comments about the true need – or lack thereof – for patents in many areas of technology.

“It’s not clear that we really need patents in most industries,” Posner said, adding that competition and money are driving major companies into petty legal skirmishes over patents.

The “technology industry’s high profits and volatility made patent litigation attractive for companies looking to wound competitors,” he said. “It’s a constant struggle for survival. As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem.”

To read the report from Reuters in full, click here.

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