The Sensor: Legal Insights into Autonomous Vehicles
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June Issue 2018 ARE PATENT WARS COMING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES?
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Patents are often at the heart of high-stakes litigation. While there is some debate as to what began the smartphone patent wars, Nokia suing Apple in 2009 is thought to have signaled the beginning of the era which has continued to the present day. For example, in May 2018, after seven years of litigation, Apple was awarded $539M in damages from Samsung. On June 27, 2018, Samsung and Apple agreed to a settlement, ending the seven year battle but many others are still ongoing.