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In Digital War, Patents Are the Weapon of Choice


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Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is currently working on a series about Apple called "The iEconomy" for The New York Times.

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If you don't think of patents as a particularly exciting or interesting field, consider a point Charles Duhigg makes in his recent New York Times article, "The Patent, Used as a Sword": According to an analysis done at Stanford: "In the smartphone industry alone ... as much as $20 billion was spent on patent litigation and patent purchases in the last two years—an amount equal to eight Mars rover missions."

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