Patents As Weapon: How Tech Companies Compete

The Patent, Used as a Sword
By Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr
New York Times, October 7, 2012

Tech companies have traditionally managed patent portfolios as a competitive strategy, but the stakes have exploded in the past five year.  The current case of Apple vs. Samsung shows how two companies square off in court to protect technology and markets. The New York Times looks at how companies are going on the offensive to build up patent war chests to not only protect, but literally knock out competitors. Co-author Charles Duhigg on NPR’s Fresh Air compares the strategy with nuclear deterrence during the Cold War.  Be warned and seek shelter.

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