The European Commission smacks Motorola for using patents as leverage rather than tools for innovation (cough, cough), a major Taiwanese University is suing Apple in Texas, and Apple is begging the court for a peek at Android's goods. Another week, another round of courtroom drama in Law & Apple.
It's like deja vu all over again. This fall, Apple and Samsung will return to the courtroom battlefield to argue about the same issues they've been arguing about for years. In fact, both companies will only be permitted to discuss exactly the same issues as a previously settled case. Well, mostly settled. Read on, we'll explain.
Google went big when it dropped nine zeroes on a patent portfolio to use against Apple, but the portfolio has been a dud in the courtroom. Is this latest legal loss the one that convinces Mountain View to try something else? Also, when you download a song twice, you pay for it twice, the end. What you don't do is get a check from Apple for $5 million, right? Right. It is known.
Have you ever brought your iOS device into an Apple store for service, seeking a safe harbor for service, only to be told that the warranty was void due to water damage? Well, it turns out the indicator used to determine moisture may have been faulty, and Apple is looking to stem the flood of complaints with a big splash of money. Although willing to dip into its deep pool of cash to end a lawsuit, is Cupertino actually willing to admit to a manufacturing flaw?
Silicon Valley has long been the center of the universe for technology workers. If you want to play on the big stage for software engineers, the storied northern California tech hotbed, first named publicly in the early '70s, remains the place to be. But what if you found out that all of the major tech companies there were in cahoots to suppress your salary? What if you had proof that the heads of companies like Apple and Google were slinging emails around, asking each other to not hire you? You'd probably do what those very companies seem to love to do: you'd sue.
If you are in the market for a new hearing aid, one manufacturer is worried that some of Apple's product line be be totally confusing you. So worried, in fact, that they are suing to ban the product and force Cupertino to pay them back for all of the confusion-causing damage. Meanwhile, more legal drama in China, where the government has decided to get more aggressive in the fight against piracy -- by suing Apple. Again. Frivolity and hypocrisy, can you hear me now?
Seems like everyone wants to take a bite out of Apple these days. In China, an Internet technology company claims to have been in a relationship with the technology behind Siri before Apple and the virtual personal assistant even starting dating. Back home in California, a small company that wants to make sure you understand up front that they are not a troll is nonetheless suing Apple for patent infringement. That Cupertino team of legal eagles is never bored, are they?
When Apple brought the big bad legal team to boss around a small Mexico City IT company, Cupertino probably thought they had a quick courtroom victory waiting for them. Surprise! Also, you know those speakers in your iPhone, iPad and Mac that sound a little better than they should? THX claims to know why, and they are not happy about it.
Its all fun and games until the lawyers arrive. The way it works today, if you say ridiculous things on a news interview, there is a good chance someone is going to put it online. If it is popular online, there is a good chance someone is going to make a funny song about it. And, if the song is popular, there is good chance someone is going to start selling it. Now, at what point do you get back involved in the process you started? Right there at the last part -- when someone starts selling it, and is not paying you for saying ridiculous things in the first place. And, since you are suing people anyway, why not include Apple, too? Welcome to the way things work today.
Two major developments this week in separate, high profile Apple lawsuits. It's like going back in time to tell the court "my bad." Step into our DeLorean today and we'll travel back in time to revisit some courtroom drama that is back in the news again.