This week I want to investigate patents from the lens of the businesses, using companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google as examples. I want to discuss why these companies do or don’t want further patent reform, and how they abuse or lose out because of the current system. Critics of the current intellectual-property laws believe the US Patent and Trademark Office allows for too many patents which clogs the courts.
Many have heard about the Apple-Samsung case and outcome regarding patents on phones and tablets. As a business, it is in Apple’s best interest to run Androids and tablets off the market. They should do this in any way they can, using all of their resources. While part of that is making a better product, there is also no problem with them taking advantage of the system. Apple should not be looked at as the bad guy; they are just using the current patent system to their advantage.
Many companies believe that the back and forth patent wars over broad and abstract concepts stifles innovation. The more time spent in courtrooms and deliberating over whether a concept can be put to use means less time will be spent producing new and improved products for society and its consumers. Companies like Google have become archrivals with Apple since they launched their own mobile operating system. Now, patent battles have become more prevalent between the two.
I plan on going more in depth on how companies like Apple take advantage of the current patent system, and its overall effect on the business world and competition within it. After looking into this overall effect, and understanding strategy as well as the qualms with the whole patent process through the lens of businesses, I’d like to assess whether further patent reform is a necessity or not.