Big patent disputes will be as common in 2013 as they were in 2012, Newman said. "There is really no end in sight," he said, adding that there is always going to be a huge amount of innovation in the mobile industry, and people will keep wanting patent these innovations to protect them, he said.
The patent wars therefore will "absolutely continue", Newman said. "At least, for the foreseeable future."
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