The evolving patent arms race

Patent competition continues to be a cutthroat business for private companies but it looks like governments are getting involved as well.

Patent competition in the United States is usually a fierce arena for private companies, but now the South Korean and French governments are suiting up.

Both countries have launched patent-acquisition companies, with the goal of helping domestic technology firms and possibly making some money in the process. China and Japan are making moves into the business too.

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