Patent wars, as seen by Dilbert

Lawsuits, appeals, injunctions, import bans. Today Apple have won a ban on the Galaxy Nexus in the USA and it now looks like Google will be supporting Samsung to get it overturned. Meanwhile, the new Google Nexus Tablet is apparently infringing patents held by Nokia.

The patent scraps show no signs of slowing and, from what I can see, there’s two schools of thought at play…

1 – We worked hard on this idea / innovation and we’ll defend it to the hilt

2 – Right now we can’t compete with our competitors new smartphone, so we’ll use our massive portfolio of patents / purchased patents or perhaps pursuade the company we’re working with to do the dirty work for us.

The Dilbert strip today perhaps says it best…

Patent wars, as seen by Dilbert