Is 2012 set to be the year of the patent? A quick search on Total Telecom reveals no less than 12 patent related news stories in the first two weeks of 2012, compared to just 5 in 2011.
With virtually every major player embroiled in some form of patent related action, you can't help but feel that there has been a shift in the telecom industry from selling products and solutions to gaining maximum possible leverage from patents that you hold, can sell or acquire. This message is certainly reinforced by headlines such as:
- Ericsson seeks to boost patent revenues
- Microsoft licenses patents to LG
- Openwave to explore strategic options for products business