Mr. Katz presents “Software Patents” at the New York City Bar’s program “Lessons from the Smartphone Wars: Surprising Developments in Patent, Copyright & Licensing” in New York, NY.
Apple, Google, Samsung, and a host of others have now been battling over smartphone technology for nearly half a decade in courts and tribunals all over the world. The $4.5 billion purchase of the Nortel patent portfolio by a consortium led by Microsoft, Ericsson, and Apple, as well as Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.7B, have encountered heightened antitrust scrutiny. Design patent law has earned new respect after Apple’s defeat of Samsung, and the ability to claim copyright protection for application program interfaces (APIs) has been diminished after Google’s defense of Oracle’s claims.
Industry representatives and politicians have proposed that injunctions (and ITC exclusion orders) should not be available for standard-essential patents (“SEPs”), and courts are beginning to rule on whether a particular royalty rate meets the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”) commitment made by holders of SEPs.
This program, designed for intellectual property attorneys and in-house counsel, will discuss the key takeaways from the smartphone wars that are reshaping the industry. Join our panel of experts as they discuss these and other developments in the law.
For more information or to register, please visit the New York City Bar CLE Events website.