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The smartphone wars or smartphone patents licensing and litigation is an ongoing business battle by smartphone manufacturers including Sony, Google, Apple Inc., Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, Huawei, LG and HTC, among others, in patent litigation. The conflict is part of the wider "patent wars" between multinational technology and software corporations.

The smartphone wars or smartphone patents licensing and litigation is an ongoing business battle by smartphone manufacturers including Sony, Google, Apple Inc., Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, Huawei, LG and HTC, among others, in patent litigation. The conflict is part of the wider "patent wars" between multinational technology and software corporations.

To secure and increase their market share, companies granted a patent can sue to prevent competitors from using the methods the patent covers. Since 2010 the number of lawsuits, counter-suits, and trade complaints based on patents and designs in the market for smartphones, and devices based on smartphone OSes such as Android and iOS, has increased significantly.

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