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Countries getting involved in smartphone wars

South Korea, China are adopting antitrust policies that may require firms to license inventions to rivals more easily

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The clampdown on patents has the potential to alter the balance of power in the global mobile-phone industry, which generated US$412 billion last year.

Washington

A NEW front is opening in what's been dubbed the smartphone wars: This one involves countries, not companies.

South Korea and China are adopting antitrust policies that may require companies such as Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc to license inventions to rivals more easily

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