The number of mobile related patents lawsuits are increasing in such a huge number that to keep track of them there is a need to prepare flow charts. There is a whole lot of activity that is going around-- for example Kodak is suing Apple, while Samsung and HTC are taking one-on-one with the iPhone maker Apple; also RIM, the maker of Blackberry and Playbook sued Motorola and Kodak.
Popularly known as no-practicing entities or the "patent trolls" like NTP and Intellectual Ventures are also suing very much a lot of the above names.
According to many analysts keeping their eyes on these recent happenings, the existing patent system is almost broken and there are certain loop holes because of which the companies are forced to spend much more money and time on legal matters rather than in research as well as development works.
Commenting on this Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel-in-charge of Microsoft's intellectual property group said that the above view betrays an ignorance of historical events.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle (opens in new tab) he discussed about the recent efforts on the reforms of patent and various additional charges which must be paid to acquire them.