One firm believes so. On March 7, Cascades Computer Innovation LLC (CCI) launched another salvo in the high-tech patent infringement wars—but not for infringement. Rather, it sued various smartphone and tablet makers for conspiring not to negotiate with it. In antirust lingo, defendants entered into a “concerted refusal to deal.” According to the complaint, the defendants refused to negotiate for a patent license with CCI, which holds the rights to 38 patents, at least one of which claims to facilitate the installation and use of applications on Android-based devices.
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