Yes, option 2 is probably the ideal of how things should be. I know, unfortunately the ideal doesn't necessary corresponds to the real. In any case, I like to have my ideals present as a reminder of how things could work better. When we forget about the ideals the world starts to set for less and less.
I don't believe court decision is the perfect option. It is what we have and it is what we are used to. That's all. Also, it's always better to let others decide for what we are not able to do by ourselves. A court decision is an easy way out. These companies don't care about the money they will spend in lawyers, etc, in the following years. So no problem there. The case can sit for ages until it is almost forgotten.
I had to choose for one, but industry-wide arbitration could work, too. No one remembers what the case was about when the court finally decides for something after years and years. Patent cases need more immediate action.
Obviously Courts deciding is the ideal legal options available. But as it stands, the courts are at present overwhelmed and moreso, these cases tends to be long and protracted. I lean more towards Industry wide arbitration - provided is quicker, efficient and adequately managed.
"Let the courts decide" sounds like the most obvious option at first sight given the natural course of any law suit, the one we are used to.
In second thoughts, I was quickly looking at how things could be if the patents wars would be settled in a different way, a faster, more dynamic, according to the fast pace the electronics world live. Would it work better? Maybe.
Nemos, I said "Let the courts decide" also. Initially, I thought they should settle amongst themselves but Apple today sued Samsung in the US. That's not a sign the company wants to settle. The cases will drag on for years, there won't be any significant impacts on any particular company, Apple has the funds to withstand the beating and so does Samsung. . .
In the end, lawyers will gorge on the companies' funds, we'll scratch our heads at the madness and whatever point anyone wants to make will be moot by the time the cases are decided years from now.
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