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The smartphone wars or smartphone patents licensing and litigation refers to commercial struggles among smartphone manufacturers including Sony Mobile, Google, Apple Inc., Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, Huawei, LG Electronics, ZTE and HTC, by patent litigation and other means. The conflict is part of the wider "patent wars" between technology and software corporations. The patent wars occurred because a finished smartphone might involve hundreds of thousands of patents.

To secure and increase market share, companies granted a patent can sue to prevent competitors from using the methods the patent covers. Since 2010 the number of lawsuits, counter-suits, and trade complaints based on patents and designs in the market for smartphones, and devices based on smartphone OSes such as Android and iOS, has increased significantly.

Timeline

Initial suits, countersuits, rulings, licence agreements, and other major events in italics:[1][2][3][4][5]

2009

The pattern of suing and countersuing really began in 2009 as the smartphone market grew more rapidly.

2010

2011

2012

2013

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (November 2013)

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

See also

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