The patent wars are nothing new, but, in the technology sector, they stand to have a significant impact on the future of innovation.
The patent wars have been around since well before the modern technology sector. In fact, a Time magazine article dated, June 10, 1929, with the headline “Business: Patent War,” covered the dispute over who could rightfully be called “The Father of Radio.” The battle for patent supremacy has led some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies to trek out an army of lawyers to negotiate acquisitions expressly for the purpose of beefing up their patent holdings, sue companies believed to be infringing on held patents and defend themselves against similar suits from others. The battle, dubbed “The Patent Wars” will be one of the long-running technology trend stories to be explored in 2012. In this photo, one of seven views of the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complex in Alexandria, Va. Larry Morris/The Washington Post