engine - 9:55 am on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Leading tech firms, patent officers, regulators and academics meet in Geneva later to address whether action is needed to prevent intellectual property disputes "stifling" innovation.
The event follows a flurry of lawsuits involving smartphone makers.
It is set to focus on how to ensure licence rights to critical technologies are offered on "reasonable" terms.
Companies are split over whether they should be allowed to ban rivals' devices if they do not agree a fee.Tech Firms To Discuss If Intellectual Property Disputes Are Stifling Innovation [bbc.co.uk]