Apple Harvests LTE Patents as Winter of Samsung Suits Approaches

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Patents
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Apple acquires hundreds of LTE patents in readiness for iphone 5 launch.

Last year, Apple held precisely zero LTE patents (‘LTE‘ stands for Long Term Evolution and is to do with 4G connectivity, the next generation of super fast mobile networks).  This year, that figure has zoomed to 318.

Given that this amounts to roughly 5% of the world total, according to the Korea Intellectual Property Office, it has understandably caught attention online.

Samsung remains leagues ahead with the greatest patent share on the planet (819, closely followed by InterDigital with 780).  For this reason, bloggers have speculated that this move on Apple’s behalf is an attempt to catch up in preparation for the much-awaited release of the iPhone 5, which is rumoured to be an LTE smartphone itself.

Nonetheless, the Korean Times has reported that Samsung plans to ‘immediately sue’ Apple upon their release of any such LTE device.

Presumably out for blood after their recent defeat against the very same plaintiff, Apple can only hope that in the race for LTE patents, theirs is not a case of ‘too little, too late’.  As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.

© Brian Miller, Solicitor, 2012. This article may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of the author.

Brian is a solicitor at Stone King LLP.  For further news and information on legal topics of interest, please visit Brian’s other blogs:

Brian Miller Solicitor’s Games Law Blog
Brian Miller Solicitor’s IP Law Blog
Brian Miller Solicitor’s Privacy & Data Protection Law Blog

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