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Submission + - Investigation: Apple vs Nokia vs Google vs HTC->

Lanxon writes: Wired has published a lengthy investigation into the litigation underway between some of the world's biggest cell phone manufacturers, and what it means for the industry of patent lawsuits and patent squatting. "According to a 2009 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1995 to 2008 non-practising entities [patent trolls] have been awarded damages that are, on average, more than double those for practising entities. Consider Research In Motion's 2006 payout of over $612 million to Virginia-based patent-holding company NTP, to avoid its BlackBerry network being shut down in the US. As part of the settlement, NTP granted RIM a licence to use its patented technology; it has subsequently filed lawsuits against AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon."
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