AustraliaNit: Battle lines drawn on US patents
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Date: 30 Oct 2007 15:54
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What's driving the debate are arguments that patent litigation in the US is out of control. Holston says HP will spend $US75 million this year defending itself against patent cases. Cisco spends more each year defending itself in patent cases than in salaries for 150 people, Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler says. "It has become a real tax on innovation because of the litigation," Chandler says. "Any one of those cases can be $US5 million or $US10 million in litigation fees," says Tim Crean, chief intellectual property counsel for SAP, the world's largest business software maker. "When you add it up, there's a substantial burden."
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