Smartphone Patent War: Antitrust & IP Perspectives

Credit Hours: 2
Note: See Syllabus for Class Meetings

The past few years have seen a brutal war between smartphone manufacturers, which has led to significant litigation in the US and Europe, as well as antitrust complaints filed in various parts of the world. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss what led to this smartphone war, which actors it involves (Apple, Samsung, Google Motorola, Microsoft, etc.), the main patent infringement, breach of contracts and antitrust lawsuits that were filed by these actors, and how this war is likely to end. This seminar will generally appeal to students interested in the high-tech industry. There are no prerequisites for this course, although some knowledge (or at least interest) in antitrust and intellectual property.