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Verizon urges President Obama to weigh in on mobile IP battles

According to Connected Planet, Verizon Wireless is currently attempting to convince leaders in Washington to step into the ongoing intellectual property battle between smartphone giants and leading mobile service providers.

The company's pleas have moved to the top of the government, as President Obama has been among the leaders targeted by Verizon. According to the news provider, Verizon is concerned that existing patents in the U.S. may prevent some highly capable devices from becoming available in the United States.

The International Trade Commission is currently considered banning some phones from the U.S. due to existing patents. However, Verizon believes that preventing the devices from moving to the U.S. will hurt the rapidly growing enterprise and consumer mobility markets. Given that the President has the right to veto any decision made by the ITC, the news provider reports that Verizon is likely calling on Obama to consider the economic impact of any decisions.

According to Connected Planet, Verizon believes that enforcing these patents may actually prevent the Android mobile operating system from growing consistently.

Intellectual property is an especially hot topic in the mobile market at the moment. According to a number of experts, Google's recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility was driven by the latter company's substantial IP portfolio. 

Peter Ackerman

Peter Ackerman

Founder & CEO, Innovation Asset Group, Inc.