This is a tangled Web indeed. It doesn't seem like the royalty Google is seeking is unreasonable, but I'm sure this is all about the bigger picture in terms of patents. If a patent is upheld or not upheld, there's a chain reaction to either result. I think that's why the parties are unlikely to settle, even though that makes the most sense.
I agree.These companies are not going to sit around the camp fire and sing Kumbaya. I expect things to get more heated before there is any talk of settling.Google acquired this IP portfolio and patents for a reason...to win.
Seeing these corporate titans square off does make life a bit more interesting. Generally contention has been limited to struggles between media companies, like the News Corp against Cablevision dispute. At least with this challenge, customers are not finding themselves without service.
I would have to agree that the best thing that could come out of this is agreements for sharing patents and just focusing on developing better products for the consumers. Unfortunately this is going to get heated up much more before any cooling down and settling comes into play.
Jenn, The competitors want to win no matter what but I believe they are also hurting themselves with these legal squabblings. Google may seem to have the upper hand as a result of its Motorola Mobility acquisition but it's going to need patents held by or being acquired by other companies, including Apple and Nokia.
I think another issue we need to look at is the governments involvement. Are these battles and aquisitions going to bring the heat of the government stepping in to try and stop any monopolies, particularly in the patent area. At some point some company is going to try and control everything and have an unfair advantage.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.