Another front in the telecoms ‘patent wars’: a novel type of antitrust complaint

06.12.2013

An NPE, Cascades, has accused a group of handset manufacturers of entering into a collective ‘boycott’ of licensing negotiations. The collusion is alleged to have been orchestrated via RPX, which has been described as “a defensive patent aggregator – an “anti-troll” – formed to protect its members from NPEs”. See: “Anti-Patent Troll” Fails to Secure Dismissal of Amended Antitrust Complaint.
As if the antitrust analysis in the ‘ patent wars’ wasn’t complex enough…