The USPTO recently released a report that argues “no company or country leads in 5G patenting.” The data that underlines this report is pulled from 5G patents that were self-declared, meaning they were not checked for essentiality or validity. Regardless of the difficulty pinpointing a leader, the 5G patent race is becoming increasingly competitive, with 5G on track to become one of the most lucrative Standard Essential Patent (SEP) markets. An SEP is a patent that claims an invention that must comply with a technical standard.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 brought about an influx of patent related litigation. Experts postulate that both the financial pressures related to the pandemic and the increasing strength of the technology sector sparked this increase in litigation. Now, almost two years after the start of the pandemic, this surge continues and could be considered a new normal.
In an increasingly connected and digitized world, 5G is emerging as a driving force for innovation across industries such as medical technology (MedTech). As we are now in the early stages of the development and deployment of 5G technology, companies and legal teams in this space should be acquainting themselves with the specifics of 5g licensing, as it raises concerns about intellectual property litigation.
NFTs hold the power to improve processes associated with securing, selling, and licensing patents. However, NFTs could also result in litigation should owners of an NFT infringe on trademarks or copyrights.
With an eye towards the future, let us explore some of the areas in which we are seeing commercial product development activity using metamaterials. These product areas are currently seeing an uptick in the filing and buying of patents, which tends to serve as a good precursor to litigation.
“As more devices and tools become connected, smart cars, crop communication, machinery, etc. will be further developed by innovators to maximize incoming data.” Read on as we assess how 5G will impact businesses around the world and affect the subsequent influx of litigation surrounding this new technology.
We sat down with attorney Thomas Maas to talk about the common attributes among world-class expert witnesses, what he looks for when examining the experience of an expert, and where he finds his best experts.