The Whole Is Not Always The Sum Of Its Parts

Law360, New York (June 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT) -- Using economic bargaining theory to recognize the synergies of complementary technologies in complex products can help prevent arbitrary and unreasonable awards and settlements.

How much does a single feature embedded in a smartphone contribute to its consumer appeal or the manufacturer’s bottom line? Would it matter if its functionality depended on interactions with other patented technologies built into the device, such as in touch-screen technology or voice-to-text? Which components give a laptop its value: The bundled software? The device that indicates low battery power? Or some...
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