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UN Agency Releases Fordham CLIP Study of Patents and Smartphones

August 19, 2013

The World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, has released the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy study "The Impact of the Acquisition and Use of Patents on the Smartphone Industry."  The study was prepared for WIPO as part of its work program on intellectual property and competition policy.

The study provides an empirical analysis of patent grants and the use of patents within the smartphone industry. Fordham CLIP found that along with a significant growth in patents for each of the critical segments of the industry, competitiveness in the industry remained very fluid. The study also examined recent litigation involving smartphone patents and demonstrated a trend toward the use of patents as an important defensive business strategy for large companies as well as a significant product development strategy for smaller companies. Fordham CLIP concluded that these business decisions made by industry players and the pace of technological change will determine future market competitiveness in the smartphone sphere rather than the patents themselves.

The Fordham CLIP research team for the study was led by Professor Joel R. Reidenberg and Fordham CLIP Executive Director Jamela Debelak and consisted of Fordham CLIP Intellectual Property Fellow Daniel Gross and Fordham Law student Elaine Mindrup.

Read the study (pdf).