Why has patent litigation become such an epidemic?
It seems like every day there is another lawsuit filed alleging patent infringement. Yahoo sues Facebook, Facebook sues Yahoo, Samsung sues Apple, Apple sues Samsung, and on and on. It isn't only in the US, it is around the world. Of course there have always been patent dispute, but it seems that the frequency and potential impact of the litigation has grown to a new level. It could affect users as well as the companies. For example, Samsung tried to get the courts to ban sales of the iPad or iPhone in the Netherlands. That didn't succeed, but it could have. Have tech companies become more litigious, or am I just noticing it more?
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