Computer-related inventions have dominated the landscape of patent litigation over the past 30 years in the United States, and likely will continue to wield influence over patent litigation in the coming decades, albeit in a somewhat different way. The hot area of patent litigation in the late 1980s through the early 2000s was semi-conductors, in particular high-speed processors and memory storage devices, such as DRAMs (dynamic random access memory devices) and flash memory devices. These micro-devices were responsible for the personal computer boom. They enabled these devices to get smaller, faster and cheaper, thus bringing the power of computers to the masses. As the industry matured, litigation in the area, however, began to quiet.
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