The intellectual property battles that plagued the mobile sector during 2012, culminating in the courtroom showdown between Apple and Samsung that resulted in a $1 billion award, will continue next year, according to analysts, who say more litigation is expected involving second-tier players and foreign firms, especially Chinese companies. Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms and Media's research division, says the effect of these patent disputes may trickle down to consumers, who could see higher device prices as a result.

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