Can the Antitrust Laws Be an NPE’s Secret Weapon?

Antitrust and Intellectual Property Alert



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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