29 Aug '13, 11am

Patent litigation to rise: Worldwide: More intellectual property litigation can be expected in the coming year...

Patent litigation to rise: Worldwide: More intellectual property litigation can be expected in the coming year...

"This is largely due to the disparity between the volume and quality of filings of the top patent holders and smaller companies," says the study from consultancy firm Totaro & Associates. This gap will not provide many opportunities for cross-licensing, it is argued, so tier two and three turbine manufacturers may be exposed to financial risk if they infringe patents held by their bigger competitors. The study indicates that intellectual property costs in the industry are expected to escalate, with $1 billion to be spent by 2020 and $2 billion by 2030. A move towards greater concentration of patents in the hands of the big players is also predicted. The consultancy added that it "expect[s] the GE vs Mitsubishi wind IP litigation to start turning back towards Mitsubishi's favour." The analysis indicates that the $169 million judgment that found that Mitsubishi had infringed...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1209660/patent-li...

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