Keep the United Nations out of the patent dialog

Summary:The United Nations has nothing to offer in the patent dialog and should stay out of it.

Our friends at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are at it again. This time they're trying to fix the smartphone patents problem. Smartphone makers have been suing one another over patent infringement and asking for (and sometimes receiving) injunctions against importation. 

So, the ITU, which is the part of the UN that meddles in telecommunications, is doing what the UN does best: having a meeting. On October 10, representatives of various companies will be coming to Geneva to talk about smartphone patents.

Allow me to go on the record with a prediction: Nothing will happen.

Topics: Legal, Government


Steven Shaw used to be a litigation attorney at Cravath, Swaine &gMoore, a New York law firm, and is now the online community managergfor and the Director of New Media Studies at thegInternational Culinary Center.

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